Thousands in SKorea attend funeral for Rev. Moon
Bereaved family members carry a coffin containing a body of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church, during his funeral service at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. / AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon
(AP) GAPYEONG, South Korea - Tens of thousands of tearful mourners are attending the funeral of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church who built a multibillion-dollar business empire stretching from the Korean Peninsula to the United States.
Moon is a self-proclaimed messiah best known for conducting mass weddings in his efforts to build a multicultural world. He died at age 92 on Sept. 3.
Moon's funeral is being held Saturday in Gapyeong County, northeast of Seoul, where his home and main church facilities are located.
Church officials say 180,000 people visited Gapyeong during a mourning period before the funeral.
His church has been accused of brainwashing recruits and duping them out of money but followers believe Moon was tasked with completing Jesus Christ's works.
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, 1920-2012
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