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Rev. Sun Myung Moon Hospitalized: Unification Church Founder Treated For Pneumonia

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Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church, speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Peace Cup Suwon at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, South Korea, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church, speaks during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Peace Cup Suwon at Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon, South Korea, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

WASHINGTON — Unification Church founder the Rev. Sun Myung Moon is being treated in an intensive-care unit at a hospital in Seoul for pneumonia.

The Rev. Joshua Cotter, vice president of the Unification Church USA, says Moon entered the hospital on Aug. 13 and is in critical condition. He says church members are praying and fasting for his quick recovery.

A memo sent to church officials early Wednesday says the 93-year-old Moon "was pushing his limits in carrying out his schedule" when he fell ill. It says his wife and children are by his bedside.

Moon founded the Unification Church in Seoul in 1954. The church gained fame starting in the 1970s for holding mass weddings.

Its business empire includes The Washington Times newspaper and the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.

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