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.

Mourners bow after placing flowers on a table as an offering to pay tribute to the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon while, at left, family members wait to greet the mourners. Thousands of people have traveled to the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center complex outside of Seoul, Korea to pay tribute to the founder of the Unification Church. A funeral will be held on Saturday. This image was made Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Mourners bow after placing flowers on a table as an offering to pay tribute to the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon while, at left, family members wait to greet the mourners. Thousands of people have traveled to the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center complex outside of Seoul, Korea to pay tribute to the founder of the Unification Church. A funeral will be held on Saturday. This image was made Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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