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Japan's Policy of Denial on Religious Freedom

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Aaron Rhodes

For decades, Japanese authorities have looked the other way when families have attempted to force adult children to recant their religious faith by abducting them and subjecting them to physical and psychological coercion.

Married Priests Are 'Africanizing Christianity,' Want Their Own Pope

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion

NAIROBI, KENYA (RNS) Schismatic Roman Catholic priests, who left the church to claim their right to marry, are now asking for an “African pope” to...

Rev. Sun Myung Moon Funeral Draws Huge Crowd

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion

GAPYEONG, South Korea -- Tens of thousands of mourners sobbed, sang, prayed and vowed to cherish the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's teachings Saturday as they ...

Emma Diab

Beverly Berndt: What Money Can Buy | Emma Diab | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact

The kids call her Auntie Bev, though they're not related. She's not from the same country or even from the same continent. Her religion is differe...

Rev. Sun Myung Moon Dies At 92

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 11.02.2012 | Religion

GAPYEONG, South Korea — The Rev. Sun Myung Moon was a self-proclaimed messiah who built a global business empire. He called both North Korean le...

50-50 Chance Of Surviving

AP | SAM KIM | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion

SEOUL, South Korea — The Unification Church asked followers around the world to pray and fast for its founder, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who was ...

Unification Church Founder Hospitalized With Pneumonia

AP | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion

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

WATCH: An Inside Look At Mass Weddings Of The Unification "Moonies" Church

Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion

"Every bride wants her wedding to be perfect, but what if she has to share the spotlight with 2,000 other brides in one of the most bizarre weddings o...

Church Leader To BUY BACK Conservative DC Paper

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — The executive editor of The Washington Times says the owner of the financially-troubled newspaper has reached a preliminary agreeme...

Report: Conservative Paper Washington Times Near CLOSURE

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Conservative newspaper The Washington Times is perilously close to shutting down, the website DCRTV reports. A source told the site that at familia...

Washington Times Sale: Unification Church To Sell Conservative Newspaper

Washington Post | Ian Shapira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Washington Times executives are negotiating to sell the newspaper, after the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's family cut off most of the annual subsidy of about ...

Washington Times Sale: Unification Church Plans To Sell Newspaper

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Executives at The Washington Times are negotiating to sell the newspaper, which was founded in 1982 and funded by the Rev. Sun Myun...

Rev. Moon Performs Largest Mass Wedding In Decade Amid Cult Criticism

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ASAN, South Korea (AP) - From South Korea to South America, Rev. Sun Myung Moon married tens of thousands of couples in the Unification Church's large...

Mass Wedding: Moon Marries Thousands Of Couples In Global Wedding (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ASAN, South Korea — Brides in white gowns and Japanese kimonos joined grooms in black suits and red ties Wednesday for the Unification Church's biggest mass wedding in a decade – a spectacle church officials say involves 40,000 people around the world.

The "blessing ceremony" is the church's largest since 1999, and may well be the last on such a grand scale officiated by the 89-year-old Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the controversial founder of the Unification Church.

Nearly a half-century after arranging the marriages of 24 couples in his first mass wedding, Moon offered blessings Wednesday for more than 20,000 people gathered at Sun Moon University, the school he founded in Asan, south of Seoul.

About half are marrying for the first time, some in marriages arranged by Moon himself; the rest are renewing their wedding vows. Twenty-thousand others are expected to watch via Internet broadcast at simultaneous ceremonies taking place from Sweden to Brazil.

The mass wedding comes as Moon is moving to hand day-to-day leadership over to his children. On Wednesday, the Rev. Moon Hyung-jin, the 30-year-old son tapped to take over religious leadership, opened the ceremony at the flower-festooned altar.