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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.
By United Press International
Notable deaths during the past year

Notable deaths during the past year

A former U.S. presidential nominee, a longtime U.S. senator, the central figure in a case that led to reform of a major police department, and a number of supporting players from the Civil Rights era and the Watergate scandal, topped the list of notable deaths in 2012.
PAT NASON, United Press International
Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

Elections, Olympics and economic concerns top stories of 2012

U.S. politics, the London Olympics, economic developments in the United States and Europe and the unrest in the Arab world topped the news in 2012.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Tens of thousands attend Moon funeral

Tens of thousands attend Moon funeral

SEOUL, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- About 35,000 people attended the funeral Saturday in South Korea for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a self-proclaimed messiah and founder of the Unification Church.

Unification Church party visits N. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A visit to North Korea by a delegation from South Korea's Unification Church did not cover international relations, a source told the Yonhap News Agency.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon dies at age 92

Rev. Sun Myung Moon dies at age 92

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, died early Monday in South Korea. He was 92.

S. Korean officials to visit N. Korea

JONGJU, North Korea, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- South Korean officials traveled to North Korea Friday to ensure recent food aid from Seoul reached its intended beneficiaries.
Interview by Preston Moon with South Korean magazine Joong-Ang

Interview by Preston Moon with South Korean magazine Joong-Ang

SEATTLE, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- An abrupt cutoff of overseas funding and the general state of the American newspaper industry have caused The Washington Times severe financial difficulties, the chairman of the company that owns the newspaper said recently.
Rev. Moon performs 50th mass marriage

Rev. Moon performs 50th mass marriage

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Legions of couples said "I do" in a mass wedding near Seoul performed by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, leader of the Unification Church, church officials said.

U.N. interfaith council urged

NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A U.N. interfaith council could be set up relatively easily, Jose De Venecia, ex-speaker of the Philippines Legislature, told a peace conference in New York.

Unification Church founder hurt in crash

SEOUL, July 19 (UPI) -- The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who founded the Unification Church, and his wife were injured Saturday in a helicopter crash in South Korea, officials said.

Son of Unification Church founder dies

SEOUL, March 18 (UPI) -- Hyo Jin Moon, the oldest son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, died of a heart attack in Seoul. He was 45.

U.S. pastors urge 'peace axis' in Korea

PAJU, South Korea, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. interfaith leaders meeting in South Korea Friday called for creating an "axis of peace" to end the Korean nuclear crisis.

Vatican excommunicates bishop

VATICAN CITY, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of the diocese of Lusaka in Zambia was excommunicated for consecrating four married bishops, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Archbishop to sing soul at festival

ROME, June 8 (UPI) -- A 76-year-old Catholic archbishop who strayed and married a Korean acupuncturist, but later returned to the fold has released a CD of Zambian soul music.
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Sun Myung Moon
Rev. Sun Myung Moon holds up the Peace Cup with Aston Villa captain Nigel Reo-Coker after Aston Villa defeated Juventus 4-3 in a penalty shoot out at La Cartuja stadium in Sevilla, Spain, August 2, 2009. The game was tied 0-0 after regulation. Rev. Moon's wife Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon is at left. UPI/Paco Puentes

Sun Myung Moon (born February 25, 1920) is the Korean founder and leader of the worldwide Unification Church. He is also the founder of many other organizations and projects. One of the best-known of these is News World Communications, an international media conglomerate which publishes The Washington Times and other newspapers. He and his wife Hak Ja Han are famous for holding blessing ceremonies, often referred to as "mass weddings".

Moon has said, and it is generally believed by Unification Church members, that he is the Messiah and the Second Coming of Christ and is fulfilling Jesus' unfinished mission. He has been among the most controversial modern religious leaders, both for his religious beliefs and for his social and political activism.

Moon was born Mun Yong Myong. In 1953 he changed this to Mun Son-myong (which he spelled "Moon Sun Myung"). In a speech Moon explained that the hanja for moon (문, 文), his surname, means "word" or "literature" in Korean. The character sun (선, 鮮), composed of "fish" and "lamb" (symbols of Christianity), means "fresh." The character myung (명, 明), composed of "sun" and "moon", (which was part of his given name), means "bright." Together, sun-myung means "make clear." So the full name can be taken to mean "the word made clear." Moon concluded by saying, "My name is prophetic."

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