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Rev. Sun Myung Moon Remembered

Remembering the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church.

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon (Photo courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)

Rev. Moon, Times founder, dies at 92

By Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times

The Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the Unification Church and founder of The Washington Times, died early Monday in South Korea. He was 92. Published September 2, 2012

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Mourners leave messages Wednesday for the family of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon at Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center near Seoul. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Rev. Moon lauded for efforts to reunify Koreas

- The Washington Times

It's just one floral tribute among hundreds here, but the stand of white paper chrysanthemums draped by a ribbon of Korean characters bears some unique political and diplomatic weight. The wreath expresses the condolences of new young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the death of Unification Church founder and spiritual guide the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

Former Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo is one of thousands gathered in Gapyeong, South Korea, for services for the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Milingo: Rev. Moon's legacy is in religious unity

- The Washington Times

Unification Church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon's work on behalf of harmony among the world's great faiths will be among his most lasting achievements, Emmanuel Milingo, the onetime Zambian Catholic archbishop defrocked for taking a wife in a ceremony presided over by Rev. Moon in 2001, said in an interview Thursday.

Family members of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, including (in white) eldest daughter Ya-Jin stand at left waiting to greet mourners bowing at right after placing flowers on a table below a portrait of the reverend. The family members rotate throughout the day but are present from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to greet mourners as they come to the Cheongpyeong Heaven and Earth Training Center complex near Seoul, Korea to pay tribute to the late reverand, who founded the Unification Church. The official funeral service will be held this Saturday. This image was made Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Unification Church is poised for new era, officials say

- The Washington Times

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 this week.

Rev. Moon leads a rally at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, N.Y., on July 1, 1976. (HSA-UWC photographs)

Highlights in life of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon

The Washington Times

Jan. 6, 1920: Born as Yong Myung, one of 13 children, to Kyung-yoo Moon and Kyung-gye Kim in Sangsa Ri village in Pyongan province, now part of North Korea. His family had been wealthy, educated farmers, but had fallen on hard times. Japan had annexed the country in 1910, and Moon elders participated in independence efforts.

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.

U.S. held special place for Rev. Moon

- The Washington Times

Rev. Sun Myung Moon both credited America for saving his life during the Korean War, and maintained a belief that one of the reasons he was spared was to awaken America to its God-given destiny.

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon shakes hands with President Richard M. Nixon on Feb 1, 1974. During the heart of the Watergate scandal, Moon bought newspaper ads asking Americans to "Forgive, Love and Unite" for the sake of a stronger country. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.

Moon was 'unifier on the world stage'

- The Washington Times

Peace was his focus, peace the lifelong theme of his preaching. Beyond a devotion to love and family, the third persistent theme in the teachings and ministry of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was the search for ways to promote peace in the world, articulated in often surprising ways by a man who approached the theme through both lofty concept and down-to-earth practical application.

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon on one of many fishing trips. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.

Peace Cup founder was avid sports fan, soccer lover

The Washington Times

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who passed away early Monday in South Korea, was an avid sports fan who sponsored fishing tournaments, founded South Korea's most successful soccer club and created an international soccer event that attracted such famous clubs as Spain's Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur of England, and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

**FILE** The Rev. Sun Myung Moon hugs North Korean President Kim Il Sung. (Courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)

Moon motivated to bring end to communism

- The Washington Times

The legacy of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon will forever be tied to the fight to defeat communism, a cause to which he devoted much of his life's work and, in the process, earned a place in history as a contributor to the end of the Cold War.

** FILE ** The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Peace Cup Suwon at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, South Korea, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon hospitalized with pneumonia

- Associated Press

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.

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The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.

EDITORIAL: Rev. Moon, Rest in Peace

- The Washington Times

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon died in Korea on Sunday at the age of 92. He founded The Washington Times in 1982, and through it maintained a strong voice at the highest levels of national and international affairs. Over 30 years, the preeminent challenges of the day have changed, from the Communist threat during the Cold War to the contemporary dangers posed by suffocating debt.