Sun Myung Moon: 1920-2012
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon founded his religious movement in Seoul in 1954 after surviving the Korean War. He preached new interpretations of lessons from the Bible and gained fame -- and notoriety -- in the 1970s and 1980s for holding mass weddings of thousands of followers, often from different countries, whom Moon matched up in a bid to build a multicultural religious world.
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June 25, 2005: Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks during his "Now is God's Time" rally in New York.
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Sept. 14, 2002: The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, center left, and his wife Hak Ja Han Moon walk down a red carpet as they are introduced during the Affirmation of Vows part of the Interreligious and International Couple's Blessing and Rededication Ceremony at New York's Manhattan Center. About 500-600 couples participated in the New York ceremony and an estimated 21 million couples participated worldwide via a simulcast to 185 countries.
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July 4, 1985: The Rev. Sun Myung Moon smiles and waves as he leaves the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. Moon, who heads the Unification Church, was jailed last July on tax evasion charges. He left Danbury to serve the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Aug. 8, 1977: Followers of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church, protest pornography in Norfolk, Va.
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Nov. 29, 1997: The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, center left, and his wife Hak Ja Han Moon officiate a mass wedding ceremony during at RFK Stadium in Washington.
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Oct. 14, 2009: Couples from around the world participate in a mass wedding ceremony arranged by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church at Sun Moon University in Asan, south of Seoul, South Korea.