SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Unification Church on Thursday asked followers around the world to pray and fast for its founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who was unconscious in a Seoul hospital’s intensive-care unit.
Moon’s church has gained fame around the world since he founded it in Seoul in 1954. The church also owns a multibillion dollar religious and business empire that includes The Washington Times newspaper and the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.
On Thursday, the church called for 40 days of prayer and a three-day fast aimed at inspiring Moon’s recovery. Moon’s youngest son, Hyung Jin Moon, wrote in a separate message that Moon’s family is by his bedside. Moon was hospitalized for complications that arose from an “untimely” cold and pneumonia, the son said.
The Rev. Joshua Cotter, vice president of the Unification Church USA, said Wednesday that the church founder entered the hospital on Aug. 13 and was in critical condition.
AP writer Ben Nuckols in Washington contributed to this story.
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