Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Movement, dies at 92

sunghwaThe Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the Unification Church died early morning on September 3rd in South Korea. He was 92. He passed away just before 2 am local time from complications of pneumonia, surrounded by family, friends and followers.
On September 6, the fourth day from his Ascension (Seonghwa), began the visits of personages connected to the Unification Church from Korea and abroad to pay reverence at Cheongshim Peace World Center situated in Gyeonggi Province. On the first day, 15,000 people including 3,000 Japanese people visit the shrine in respect of his memory. Over the first weekend after his ascension, 39,500 people came to pay their respects to Rev. Moon in advance for the Memorial Service on September 15th. The visits continued with an average of 20,000 people per day. VIPs from Korea and abroad are succeeding one another to pay their respects as well. The visitors included religious leaders, corporate leaders and public
sector leaders such as members of the Korean National Assembly and Mali's President Dioncounda
Traore who sends floral tributes to offer his condolence...

Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon, International President of the Unification Church, Dr. Kook Jin Moon, Chairman of Tongil Foundation and other family members of Rev. Moon have been receiving condolers on a daily basis.Among the religions leaders paying their respects were two prominent Buddhists:

According to Rev. Moon’s own words, the moment when we end our earthly life and go to heaven is the moment of coming back to God. He emphasized “The word ‘death’ is sacred. It is not a synonym for sadness and suffering. The moment we enter the spirit world should be a time that we enter a world of joy and victory with the fruits born of our lives on earth. It is a time for those of us remaining on earth to send off the departed with joy. It should be a time for great celebration. We should be shedding tears of joy instead of tears of sadness.”

Memorial altars have been set up in different regions of the world. In Helsinki, a memorial altar was set up between September 6 – 13 and open for anyone to come and pay their respects to Rev. Moon.

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