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.

The body of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon lies at the palace in the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong-gun, Korea, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Mourners are invited to come pay tribute to the "True Father," offering him prayers and paying respect to his family. His 13-day mourning period culminates on Saturday with an official funeral service. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

The body of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon lies at the palace in the Cheong Shim Peace World Center in Gapyeong-gun, Korea, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Mourners are invited to come pay tribute to the "True Father," offering him prayers and paying respect to his family. His 13-day mourning period culminates on Saturday with an official funeral service. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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