Unification Church poised for a new era, officials say

The Unification Church is strongly positioned to preserve and expand both its global spiritual outreach and its commercial holdings as tens of thousands of believers gather to say a final goodbye to founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, two top church officials said in interviews here this week.

An usher shows mourners the way to place flowers (lilies for the mother and roses for the father) at a table inside the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center complex outside of Seoul, Korea in honor of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Thousands of mourners have come to the complex to pay their respects for the founder of the Unification Church over the past several days. His 13-day funeral will culminate in a ceremony on Saturday in which some 30,000 are expected to attend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

An usher shows mourners the way to place flowers (lilies for the mother and roses for the father) at a table inside the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center complex outside of Seoul, Korea in honor of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. Thousands of mourners have come to the complex to pay their respects for the founder of the Unification Church over the past several days. His 13-day funeral will culminate in a ceremony on Saturday in which some 30,000 are expected to attend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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