Rev. Moon, Times founder, dies at 92

Led religious movement to help promote world peace

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    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, are greeted on April 16, 2001, by clergy and worshippers at the We Will Stand 2001 National Tour, held at the Omni Shoreham Regency Hotel in Washington. The theme of the 52-day, 52-city tour was "Rebuild the Family, Restore the Community, Renew the Nation and the World." (The Washington Times )The Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han Moon, are greeted on April 16, 2001, by clergy and worshippers at the We Will Stand 2001 National Tour, held at the Omni Shoreham Regency Hotel in Washington. The theme of the 52-day, 52-city tour was "Rebuild the Family, Restore the Community, Renew the Nation and the World." (The Washington Times )
    • Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during his "Now is God's Time" rally in New York, Saturday, June 25, 2005. Billy Graham is also hosting a religious event in New York this weekend. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during his "Now is God's Time" rally in New York, Saturday, June 25, 2005. Billy Graham is also hosting a religious event in New York this weekend. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon was born in this home in North Korea in 1920. (Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon was born in this home in North Korea in 1920. (Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's first church built with Won Pil Kim out of U.S. military ration cartons in Pusan, South Korea in 1951. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon's first church built with Won Pil Kim out of U.S. military ration cartons in Pusan, South Korea in 1951. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • Sign hung on the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's first church in 1954 in Seoul, South Korea.  Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.Sign hung on the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's first church in 1954 in Seoul, South Korea. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • Sign hung on the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's first church in 1954 in Seoul, South Korea. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.Sign hung on the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's first church in 1954 in Seoul, South Korea. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and his eldest son Hyo Jin Moon, left, and eldest daughter Ye Jin Moon circa mid 1960s. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and his eldest son Hyo Jin Moon, left, and eldest daughter Ye Jin Moon circa mid 1960s. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with disciples.
 Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with disciples. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon.Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C. The Rev. Sun Myung Moon.Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and his eldest son Hyo Jin Moon, right, and eldest daughter Ye Jin Moon circa mid 1960s. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and his eldest son Hyo Jin Moon, right, and eldest daughter Ye Jin Moon circa mid 1960s. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaking to followers in suburban Tokyo Japan in 1969. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaking to followers in suburban Tokyo Japan in 1969. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • 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.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.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon with disciples.  Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon with disciples. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and his  eldest daughter Ye Jin Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and his eldest daughter Ye Jin Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with disciples. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with disciples. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • 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.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.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon shakes hands with Sen. Strom Thurmond, S.C. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon shakes hands with Sen. Strom Thurmond, S.C. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at a rally at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NY on July 1, 1976. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at a rally at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NY on July 1, 1976. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at a rally at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NY on July 1, 1976. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at a rally at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NY on July 1, 1976. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at a rally at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NY on July 1, 1976. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at a rally at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, NY on July 1, 1976. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol building. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol building. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon holds an evangelist rally at The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 1976. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon holds an evangelist rally at The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 1976. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • Disciples of The Rev. Sun Myung Moon during a rally in the United States. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.Disciples of The Rev. Sun Myung Moon during a rally in the United States. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • Rev. Sun Myung Moon is founder of the Unification Church.  (Provided by the Unification Church)Rev. Sun Myung Moon is founder of the Unification Church. (Provided by the Unification Church)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon conduct marriage blessing ceremony. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon conduct marriage blessing ceremony. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon conduct marriage blessing ceremony. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon conduct marriage blessing ceremony. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon standing in front of a protective screen, gestures with his body during his sermon at night on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1974 at New Yorkís Madison Square Garden. The sermon was the climax of the Korean Evangelistís New York Crusade. (AP Photo/RP)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon standing in front of a protective screen, gestures with his body during his sermon at night on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1974 at New Yorkís Madison Square Garden. The sermon was the climax of the Korean Evangelistís New York Crusade. (AP Photo/RP)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon gestures to capacity crowd of 2000 on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1974 in New Yorkís Madison Square Garden, where he preached for the rebirth of Christianity. His appearance was part of a 40-city U.S. tour this year. (AP Photo/RP)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon gestures to capacity crowd of 2000 on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1974 in New Yorkís Madison Square Garden, where he preached for the rebirth of Christianity. His appearance was part of a 40-city U.S. tour this year. (AP Photo/RP)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, delivering the opening address before the 11th International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences in Philadelphia asked the conference to seek out a fuller ontology - a theory of absolute being, or understanding of God, Nov. 26, 1982. Scholars from more than 100 countries attended the conference and 48 papers are to be presented at the three-day gathering. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, delivering the opening address before the 11th International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences in Philadelphia asked the conference to seek out a fuller ontology - a theory of absolute being, or understanding of God, Nov. 26, 1982. Scholars from more than 100 countries attended the conference and 48 papers are to be presented at the three-day gathering. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, delivering the opening address before the 11th International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences in Philadelphia asked the conference to seek out a fuller ontology - a theory of absolute being, or understanding of God, Nov. 26, 1982. Scholars from more than 100 countries attended the conference and 48 papers are to be presented at the three-day gathering. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, delivering the opening address before the 11th International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences in Philadelphia asked the conference to seek out a fuller ontology - a theory of absolute being, or understanding of God, Nov. 26, 1982. Scholars from more than 100 countries attended the conference and 48 papers are to be presented at the three-day gathering. (AP Photo/Bill Ingraham)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks at a dinner in his honor in Washington, Aug. 21, 1985. The Korean-born evangelist, who was released on Tuesday after serving a prison sentence for tax evasion, said he was not bitter about his conviction and imprisonment and that it gave him an opportunity for prayer and meditation. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks at a dinner in his honor in Washington, Aug. 21, 1985. The Korean-born evangelist, who was released on Tuesday after serving a prison sentence for tax evasion, said he was not bitter about his conviction and imprisonment and that it gave him an opportunity for prayer and meditation. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon autographs an early edition of The Washington Times with supporters.  Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C. The Rev. Sun Myung Moon autographs an early edition of The Washington Times with supporters. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • President Mikhail Gorbachev meets the world media group in St. Catherine Hall in Kremlin in Moscow on April 11, 1990. On the first right is Rev. Sun Myung Moon who leads the group that included many former state leaders gathered to hear Gorbachev assessment of the progress of ìperestroikaî policy. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)President Mikhail Gorbachev meets the world media group in St. Catherine Hall in Kremlin in Moscow on April 11, 1990. On the first right is Rev. Sun Myung Moon who leads the group that included many former state leaders gathered to hear Gorbachev assessment of the progress of ìperestroikaî policy. (AP Photo/Liu Heung Shing)
    • Former U.S. President George Bush addresses before 50,000 people in an assembly of the Women's Federation for World Peace that organized by Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church on THursday night, Sept. 14, 1995 at Tokyo Dome baseball stadium in Tokyo. (AP Photo/HO)Former U.S. President George Bush addresses before 50,000 people in an assembly of the Women's Federation for World Peace that organized by Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church on THursday night, Sept. 14, 1995 at Tokyo Dome baseball stadium in Tokyo. (AP Photo/HO)
    • Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during his "Now is God's Time" rally in New York, Saturday, June 25, 2005. Billy Graham is also is hosting a religious event in New York this weekend.   (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during his "Now is God's Time" rally in New York, Saturday, June 25, 2005. Billy Graham is also is hosting a religious event in New York this weekend. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during the Common Legacy Breakfast Summit in Washington on Dec. 13, 2004. (The Washington Times )The Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during the Common Legacy Breakfast Summit in Washington on Dec. 13, 2004. (The Washington Times )
    • Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks to the clergy and worshipers at the We Will Stand 2001 National Tour, which was held at the Omni Shoreham Regency Hotel in D.C., Monday, April 16, 2001.  The 52-day, 52-cities tour had a theme of "Rebuild the Family, Restore the Community, Renew the Nation and the World." (Jessica Tefft / The Washington Times)Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks to the clergy and worshipers at the We Will Stand 2001 National Tour, which was held at the Omni Shoreham Regency Hotel in D.C., Monday, April 16, 2001. The 52-day, 52-cities tour had a theme of "Rebuild the Family, Restore the Community, Renew the Nation and the World." (Jessica Tefft / The Washington Times)
    • Rev. Sun Myung Moon meets with national and local interfaith leaders call for a "bridge of peace to be built across the bering strait, which also would honor korean war vets, at the The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Sunday, June 26, 2005. He and 37. The bridge would link Alaska and Siberia. ( Carla DePoyster / Washington Times )Rev. Sun Myung Moon meets with national and local interfaith leaders call for a "bridge of peace to be built across the bering strait, which also would honor korean war vets, at the The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Sunday, June 26, 2005. He and 37. The bridge would link Alaska and Siberia. ( Carla DePoyster / Washington Times )
    • Rev. Sun Myung Moon meets with national and local interfaith leaders call for a "bridge of peace to be built across the bering strait, which also would honor korean war vets, at the The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Sunday, June 26, 2005. He and 37. The bridge would link Alaska and Siberia. ( Carla DePoyster / Washington Times )Rev. Sun Myung Moon meets with national and local interfaith leaders call for a "bridge of peace to be built across the bering strait, which also would honor korean war vets, at the The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Sunday, June 26, 2005. He and 37. The bridge would link Alaska and Siberia. ( Carla DePoyster / Washington Times )
    • Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon meet on stage during the Common Legacy Breakfast Summit in Washington, D.C. Monday, December 13, 2004. ( Photo by Daniel Rosenbaum / The Washington Times )Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon meet on stage during the Common Legacy Breakfast Summit in Washington, D.C. Monday, December 13, 2004. ( Photo by Daniel Rosenbaum / The Washington Times )
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during the opening session of the 15th annual International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences in Washington Friday morning, November 28, 1986.  The reverend flew in from Korea to deliver the speech at the four day conference for  scientists and academicians from 43 nations. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during the opening session of the 15th annual International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences in Washington Friday morning, November 28, 1986. The reverend flew in from Korea to deliver the speech at the four day conference for scientists and academicians from 43 nations. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem with hisw wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem with hisw wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon fishing with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon fishing with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon (Courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon (Courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon (Photo courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)The Rev. Sun Myung Moon (Photo courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon on one of many fishing trips. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon on one of many fishing trips. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon on one of many fishing trips. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon on one of many fishing trips. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C. The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • **FILE** The Rev. Sun Myung Moon hugs North Korean President Kim Il Sung. (Courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)**FILE** The Rev. Sun Myung Moon hugs North Korean President Kim Il Sung. (Courtesy of H.S.A.-U.W.C.)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon at the Acropolis near Athens, Greece. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon at the Acropolis near Athens, Greece. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and children. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and children. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at a rally. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon at a rally. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    •  The Reverand Sun Myung Moon accepts an award from special committee of clergy  after he addressed The Inaugural Prayer Luncheon for Unity and Renewal at The Hyatt regency Hotel in Washington, DC, January 19, 2001. ( J.M. Eddins Jr. / The Washington Times ) The Reverand Sun Myung Moon accepts an award from special committee of clergy after he addressed The Inaugural Prayer Luncheon for Unity and Renewal at The Hyatt regency Hotel in Washington, DC, January 19, 2001. ( J.M. Eddins Jr. / The Washington Times )
    • The 89-year-old Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church, delivers a speech during the mass wedding ceremony arranged by the church at Sun Moon University in Asan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. It was the church's biggest mass wedding in a decade, a spectacle church officials said involves 40,000 people around the world. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)The 89-year-old Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church, delivers a speech during the mass wedding ceremony arranged by the church at Sun Moon University in Asan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. It was the church's biggest mass wedding in a decade, a spectacle church officials said involves 40,000 people around the world. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and family in 2008 portrait. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon and family in 2008 portrait. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.
    • The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.The Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Courtesy H.S.A.-U.W.C.

    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.

    He passed away just before 2 a.m. local time (12:54 p.m. EDT Sunday) from complications of pneumonia at Cheongshim International Hospital outside Seoul, while surrounded by family, friends and followers, according to Unification Church leaders.

    A comment was not immediately available from Unification Church International President Hyung Jin Moon, his youngest son and appointed successor of the religious movement. But Rev. Joshua Cotter, vice president of the Unification Church USA, said Sunday that “the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, revered by millions as the Messiah and True Parent, who was born in Korea but who lived more than 40 years in America … has ascended.”

    In addition to leading the worldwide religious movement he founded in South Korea in 1954, Rev. Moon supported anti-communist causes during the Cold War, promoted international and interfaith peace activities, and strongly advocated a pro-marriage, pro-family culture.

    “His vision of sacred marriage, of the formation of ideal families and a world of peace has been taken up by millions of people around the world and a second and third generation of Unificationists,” Mr. Cotter said.

    Thomas P. McDevitt, president of The Washington Times, said Sunday that “words cannot convey my heart at this time.”

    “Rev. Sun Myung Moon has long loved America, and he believed in the need for a powerful free press to convey accurate information and moral values to people in a free world. The Washington Times stands as a tangible expression of those two loves,” he said.

    After a period of almost two weeks to allow tributes and prepare the body, a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Korean time on Sept. 15 (9 p.m. EDT on Sept. 14). The service will be at the Cheongshim Peace World Center in the church’s Cheongpyeong complex, about 40 miles northeast of Seoul in Gyeonggi Province.

    During Rev. Moon’s illness, wife Hak Ja Han Moon urged members not to grieve but “continue on unwaveringly.”

    “Please take heart that, for us, there is no stopping on the way,” she said, according to reports on the church’s Tongil Group website.

    A visionary businessman and lifelong champion of the free press, Rev. Moon founded newspapers, magazines, electronic media outlets and digital publications in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and many Latin American, African and European countries.

    “As controversial as Rev. Moon was in the United States, I got to know him as a man whose heart was focused on bringing together people of different faiths to bridge divides. His call on people of faith to serve others is an important legacy,” said Neil Bush, chairman of Points of Light and son of former President George H.W. Bush.

    “He will always be remembered as the embodiment of loving and sharing without limits, sacrifice and suffering without limits, courage and service without limits — and all this not for family, race, community or nation, but for humankind as a whole,” said Ambassador K.V. Rajan, former secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

    The energetic evangelist traveled the world numerous times and went on speaking tours as recently as 2011. He started or inspired hundreds of organizations and met with countless world leaders, notably such communist leaders as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and North Korea’s Kim Il-sung. On a trip in July 2008, he and his family survived a helicopter crash in Korea.

    But throughout his life, Rev. Moon’s teachings and his church’s practices sparked criticism, suspicion and persecution. He was jailed six times, and survived numerous beatings and a North Korean labor camp.

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