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.

Grandson Shin Jun, left, and Kwon Jin Moon, one of the sons of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, carry in a portrait of the spiritual leader at the beginning of the seonghwa, or ascension, ceremony, known as the traditional funeral in western terms, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, Korea. Thousands of mourners from countries around the world came to witness the event and say goodbye to the head of the Unification Church. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Grandson Shin Jun, left, and Kwon Jin Moon, one of the sons of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, carry in a portrait of the spiritual leader at the beginning of the seonghwa, or ascension, ceremony, known as the traditional funeral in western terms, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, Korea. Thousands of mourners from countries around the world came to witness the event and say goodbye to the head of the Unification Church. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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