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'Moonies' founder dies at the age of 92

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'Moonies' founder dies at the age of 92


The founder of the Unification Church Sun Myung Moon has died at the age of 92.

Moon who called himself a messiah, set up the Church in the 1950s in the South Korean capital Seoul. He claimed to have millions of religious followers who were often referred to as Moonies.

He was the son of Korean farmers and went on to build up a global business empire, setting up newspapers, universities and arms factories.

The Church which became famous for marrying thousands of people in a single ceremony, was attacked by critics accusing it of brainwashing members and breaking up families.

Moon denied the allegations but he was a highly controversial character whose supporters saw him as a prophet unfairly persecuted by the media and leftwing politicians.

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