SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Unification Church has asked followers around the world to pray and fast for its founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who showed signs of recovery Friday after being hospitalized for pneumonia in an intensive-care unit earlier this week.
The church had said Thursday on its website that Moon’s chances of surviving through Saturday were “50-50,” citing an unnamed doctor caring for the 92-year-old. Friday’s statement didn’t make any new estimates about his prospects.
Moon’s church has gained fame around the world since he founded it in Seoul in 1954. The church also runs 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 Monday and was in critical condition.
Associated Press writer Ben Nuckols in Washington contributed to this story.
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