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The Archbishop Guided to Rev. Moon by a Catholic Saint



The following true story comes from one lady member in Italy, who quite to her surprise had a very special visitor from the spirit world. But the visitor had not come for personal reasons, and her visits touched the life of a prominent Catholic Archbishop in a remarkable way. Even though the events recounted here happened nearly 20 years ago, due to their sensitive nature we have decided not to include the name of our member or the name of the Archbishop.

The Archbishop Guided to Rev. Sun Myung Moon by a Catholic Saint

At the beginning of June 1998, the Blessing was approaching, and I started feeling the presence of some¬body, and at times I could also see a figure in white, but only from the neck down. I wasn’t afraid, but my spiritual senses were opening, and I was becoming more sensitive. Sometimes I could understand things before they actually happened.

St. Catherine of Siena, Italy  
On June 13, 1998 [the date of the Blessing Ceremony in New York City] I was alone at home. At that time, I saw the whole spirit body of the person in white for the first time. The person asked me to go and pray near True Parents’ picture. She told me that she was Catherine (St. Catherine of Siena) and that we should pray for the special events of that day.
I prayed with her for about forty minutes. Then, she asked me to get something to write with. She started giving her first message. I was very calm, as if the whole experience were very natural. When I finished writing, I asked myself what had happened, because I didn’t know much about her and I didn’t know her. Later I looked at a book containing her portrait. I realized this was the same face I had seen.
Until December of that year she gave me messages that I passed on to the national leader. We didn’t give them to anyone else.. The messages were very clear and according to the Principle.
In April of 1999, I received another message. It was very clear, and it had to be shared with all the members. Even for me, it wasn’t easy to accept the situation of being one to receive such communications. I worried about what others would say or do. The message, however, was very clear [about creating unity] and even though it was difficult for me I gave it to the national messiah and national leader.
From that moment on, the messages were shared with everyone, and more messages followed. Many brothers and sisters received great benefit from that. [The messages reflected the concern of the good spirit world for the renewal of blessed couples’ faith, and for unity on all levels] To hear how the spirit world testifies to our True Parents has allowed some of us to reflect upon the value of our days lived here on earth.

The Spirits of the Departed Popes Asking for Help
In August, we went to the Vatican to visit the tombs of the popes. At that time, I felt with my whole being the suffering of their being secluded in that gilded world that seems to have lost its original spirituality. I felt the spirits of the departed popes were asking for help and for prayer in order to be saved. They also wanted Christianity to connect with God’s current providence.
After that, we started a forty-day prayer condition with our Korean national messiah, Rev. Song Keun-shik, and four other members. Every morning we got up at 5:30, recited the Pledge, then left for the Vatican. At 7:00, St. Peter’s Basilica [the central church of the Catholic faith, in Rome] opens its doors, and we would go inside to pray, and to read the Principle. On Sundays, a lot of members would come, and we had beautiful spiritual experiences.

Prominent Catholic Archbishop Received the Principle
At the end of the forty days, one prominent Catholic Archbishop telephoned the wife of Rev. Song and asked her if she would treat him with moxa [a herb that is burned so that its healing smoke permeates the skin], because his arm was painful.
While receiving treatment, the Archbishop also listened to the Principle. It was explained to him about Mary, about the question of whether Jesus was able to fulfill his role as the Messiah or not, and about the providence of True Parents.
What we said about Mary’s role was not easy for him to understand. Then Rev. Song’s wife told him that one sister was receiving messages from St. Catherine. He decided to meet and talk with me, in order to understand whether those messages and my experience were authentic.
We met, only the two of us, in a big hall. His face was very serious and full of concentration. In that moment, I felt his spiritual energy and power, and I understood that he had a commanding knowledge of the spirit world. At the same time, I was worried, because I did not know what was going to happen.
He told me that he was going to write every single word of what I said. He said that I did not need to be afraid: very often the saints come and speak to us, but after that some other spirits may interfere and disturb us. He has the power to understand those things and find out the truth. Then he closed the door and began asking me questions:
“When did the messages start?”
I replied, “June 13, 1998.”
“Were they written down?”
I said they were.
“Please summarize the content of the messages.” I did so.

The Talk with St. Catherine
After the questions ended, he asked to talk with St. Catherine, and offered a special prayer. He invoked the Holy Spirit so that it might purify me, and let St. Catherine enter my body. I felt an incredible energy, come from the top of my head, and slowly enter my body. I felt I had to leave my body, and that’s what actually happened. (I was aware of what was happening in the room, but I was separate from it.)
St. Catherine spoke about the urgency that Heavenly Father is feeling in our time. She said that all those who have been using God for their own personal purposes could no longer do so. The time has come for us to take responsibility to love our Father with filial love. After that the explanation of the Principle began, focusing on the roles of each central figure in Jesus’ time, including the role of Mary. The Archbishop accepted these teachings because he understood the purpose for which God had sent the Messiah.
In the beginning, their conversation wasn’t calm. They were arguing. He was very strong, but she no less so. In the adjacent kitchen, people could hear the discussion. Then the argument cooled down, and the topic centered on the explanation of the Principle and the value of the Blessing.
St. Catherine explained the Principle to him: from the purpose of creation to the value of the Blessing and the coming of True Parents; how God fulfills His will through the True Parents; that Jesus’ role was not to die on the cross but to realize a central family; that spirit people suffer a lot in the spirit world because they are not on the earth at this time; that before the arrival of True Parents they [people in the spirit world] had not understood God’s pain and Jesus’ role; and also the long time during which God had prepared so that He could educate one people.
In tears, Catherine asked the Archbishop to follow True Parents, to study the Principle. She told him that Jesus is with True Parents, and that the Archbishop’s ancestors were pushing him to realize unity between Christianity and True Parents. He asked her how he was to deal with his many commitments, and she answered that the top priority was True Parents.
When I opened my eyes, his face was incredibly bright, as if light were emanating from his skin. He was not tired, but, rather, looked relaxed and happy to have listened to these words. Then he started questioning the value of his position in the Vatican, because each individual must unite with God through the Messiah, and True Parents are bringing this world to God through the restoration of humanity. The returning Messiah forms the first original family and sets the foundation for the beginning of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and in heaven.
He was very happy, and confirmed that it was indeed St. Catherine who was giving the messages. He said she had promised him she would always stay close to him, help and support him, but that he had to take responsibility for the restoration of the Vatican and the unity between Christianity and the True Parents.
Before leaving, I asked him to sign one book of mine about St. Catherine, and he wrote “To Catherine: may the Lord bless and be with you.”

Pinturicchio’s “Pope Aeneas Piccolomini
Canonizes Catherine of Siena,” a fresco
in the Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral
One of the actual messages the Archbishop received from St. Catherine
December 1, 1999
How much suffering is in your heart and how many tears you are shedding, Monsignor! I am always close to you in the moments you need the most. I promised to help you and I am doing it. Close to you there is your spiritual tribe, and your family is supporting you. They have met True Parents and they are working so that they (True Parents) may be victorious.
You have given so much. Who¬ever has knocked at your door has always received words of comfort and help. You have helped so many people, and so many people have helped you! If you reflect back on your life you have surely given much. Now, is a very special time, but it is a time when you can grow internally.
Jesus did not have to die on the cross. God’s original plan was for him to get married and build the first family in which Heavenly Father could feel at home, but it did not work out like that. Now, with the True Parents, God’s original plan is being fulfilled, and you must be part of it. You must help True Parents in this special time. You have been prepared for something great. Victory will come. Please, unite your heart with Heavenly Father’s through the True Parents. Your foundation of the New Testament must now find completion in the Completed Testament.
The Blessing was God’s original plan. The Ceremony is the external aspect. You know what is now left of Jesus’ spirit. The foundation of love no longer exists. Please, help those who are closest to you to change and witness to True Parents. You will be blessed by God for eternity. You feel our support and we listen to your prayers. We can see you when you ask God, “What shall I do? Show me the way.” True Parents are the only way of salvation for the whole of humankind. We can think about a lot of material positions or prestige, but you know that those things end quickly. Nothing of that goes to the spirit world. Only your heart will be with you for eternity, and you have given so much love. Please, bring your spiritual growth to completion with God’s will and not with the will of external positions. Use your spiritual potential to make True Parents victorious in this nation. We [the good spirit world] will always be with you. Please, accept these words that are coming from our hearts.
Monsignor, you are blessed by Heavenly Father. Jesus has embraced you so much, but he is now following True Parents. Please follow God’s will too according to the new dispensation centered upon True Parents.
May Heavenly Father give you His eternal blessing through the love of True Parents. I am Catherine. I know you have been waiting for this message. Please, receive all my support and the support of the spirit world that is witnessing to the True Parents and to Heavenly Father’s love.”

Catherine of Siena was proclaimed one of the two patron saints of Italy by the Pope in 1939 along with St Francis of Assisi.
On the personal experience with St. Catherine
My experience with St. Catherine began when our nation was at a very difficult point. The spiritual world intervened to steer us away from the worst of this. Without taking an important position itself, the spirit world took the position of guiding us toward the road of the Principle, until the nation could find its equilibrium. The education I received from this is that in the first place, there is God and True Parents. The spiritual world is an instrument working for the realization of God’s will.
I was sometimes accused by those who thought my experiences were not real but, rather, my own invention, because I could not predict the future, and because I never gave special instructions. But what I understood was that the significance of the messages I received from St. Catherine was not to do with anyone’s personal problems. If I asked her about a private problem she always answered that the brother or sister in question must read True Parents’ words, and therein would be the solution.
In February 2000, at the time of the Blessing, one morning St. Catherine cried so much because she did not have anything to offer to God and True Parents. At that point I understood St. Catherine’s heart, and this for me was more important than being able to read the future.


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The Power of True Love: Heal the Marriage, Unite Ministers for World Peace





The Power of True Love

Bringing world religions together to heal families and rebuild communities worldwide

Published on Aug 10, 2013

Dramatically shows the American Clergy Leadership Conference bringing world religions together to heal families and rebuild communities worldwide. Truly a fitting tribute to one of the lasting legacies of Rev.Sun Myung Moon on the 1st anniversary of his passing.

144000 Clergy Couples from all faiths gathered for Blessing on April 27, 2002. Representative leaders from all traditions offered prayers for the couples. Father Moon was famous for spreading the Culture of Heart and Peace, through Ideal Families. Read, Peace Vision Wed Million Families 



"And it is true, the rumor that you've heard, that Rev. Moon is indeed the man sent by God." Rev. T. Berret


The Life of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

The political left hated him for saying communism was the anti-Christ. Learn about Dr.Moon's key role in the Downfall of Communism. Some Christians said he was anti-Christ, but look what they found when they met him and worked with him (Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s life work: 144 essays from clergies, political leaders and Nobelists); 

Society failed to ask the right questions about what Moon stood for. His life presents a modern example of the ancient phenomenon of how religion is born. Not an ordinary religion, but one that has the vision, the power and the love to unite all; unite mind and body, unite families, unite religions, cultures and nations. This is an extraordinary life, that will take centuries to study and learn from. This is the man who paved the road for World Peace and the establishment of God's Ideal.


Now communities of True Love are forming around the world, centered on his Vision. At Ceong Pyong Lake's Peace Palace in South Korea we see a new pure, happy and creative culture rising among the thousands of second gen. children living and studying there. And this is only a glimpse into what's coming in the near future, when big communities of few generations start appearing everywhere around the world.

"We will consequently establish a world based on the unified culture of heart.. a world without war or conflict.. God’s Kingdom on earth and in heaven will be realized." Sun Myung Moon, CSG p. 1534

Number of nations already educating their citizens in the Culture of Heart. In special-chosen nations rural areas with 80 to 100 % Blessed families. The Culture of Heart spreads like fire. Read, The Model for the Ideal PEACEFUL WORLD

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World Summit 2017: “Peace, Security and Human Development”



World Summit 2017 
Seoul, Korea—The fourth World Summit on “Peace, Security and Human Development” opened with a banquet attended by dignitaries from 120 nations.
The Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony
The Opening Banquet was held on February 1, 2017, at the Lotte Hotel World in the Chamshil section of Seoul. The participants included more than 400 current and former members of parliament as well as heads of state and government, prime ministers, civil society dignitaries, clergy and women leaders.
UPF International organized the summit together with its affiliated organizations the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), the Sunhak Peace Prize Foundation, the Women’s Federation for World Peace, the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, the Washington Times Foundation, and the Segye Times.

If we unite our forces together, then we can make a better world, a world of peace.” Hon. Cynthia Tarrago Diaz, a member of Congress from Paraguay,

Ambassador Hill said that the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon provided a set of instruments for the path to peace—dialogue, mutual understanding and common cause—which, if sincerely implemented, can lead to peace.

The Opening Banquet

In addition to the World Summit program, delegates are scheduled to attend four key events in the coming days:
The Founders Celebration at the Cheongshim Peace World Center (February 2).
The World Assembly of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace at the National Assembly (February 2)
The Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony (February 3)
A program organized by the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences (ICUS) (February 4 and 5). Co-hosted with the Hyo Jeong World Peace Foundation, the 23rd international conference has as its theme “Earth’s Environmental Crisis and the Role of Science.”
Acting as emcee, Mr. Richard de Sena, the regional secretary general of UPF North America, welcomed the participants to the Opening Banquet. The invocation was given by Dr. Wu-Hsien Chu, the chair of the Taiwan Interfaith Foundation, who read “A Prayer for World Peace,” written by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, a Chinese Buddhist monk.
Dr. Thomas Walsh, the president of UPF International, thanked the participants for making the long trip to Korea. He reviewed the events leading up to the creation of the IAPP and the Sunhak Peace Prize. He praised UPF co-founder Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon for her leadership and for carrying on the legacy of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, who passed away in 2012. In closing, Dr. Walsh called on the leaders to wholeheartedly contribute and share their individual and collective experience, wisdom and insight.
Two speakers offered reflections after dinner:
Hon. Cynthia Tarrago Diaz, a member of Congress from Paraguay, extended a warm welcome to the founders and gave her thoughts on the theme. Peace is not just the absence of conflict, she said; it is a sense of tranquility even in the midst of conflict. There is no single path to peace, because peace itself is a path if we practice “respect, tolerance, equality, solidarity and dialogue.” Peace begins with a smile, she said. The word is the sword, and reason is the shield. These are the armaments of peace. Peace is a duty and an obligation for everyone, she said. “If we unite our forces together, then we can make a better world, a world of peace.”
Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, a former U.S. ambassador to Korea, Iraq, Poland and Macedonia and a former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, spoke about Korean reunification and, in particular, the security challenges coming from North Korea.
“For all our desire to be inclusive and enjoy shared values, the people north of the 38th parallel have no rights and must endure life with a government that doesn’t respect its own people,” Ambassador Hill said. “While the World Summit is talking about peace, there is a government less than 30 miles away from Seoul that is carrying out tests of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The problems of the peninsula concern the entire world and not just the region. The vision of a unified and peaceful Korea can be fulfilled, but it won’t happen overnight. The circumstances found in Korea—lack of dialogue, lack of tolerance, lack of peace—can be found in many other areas of the world.” Ambassador Hill said that the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon provided a set of instruments for the path to peace—dialogue, mutual understanding and common cause—which, if sincerely implemented, can lead to peace.
The opening banquet featured beautiful entertainment and many opportunities for social networking. The participants, though exhausted from their long flights, ended the day in high hopes for the rest of the conference.


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2020 THE BEGINNING OF A NEW AGE




2020 - THE BEGINNING OF A NEW AGE

3 years to establish the first Ideal Nation. Number of nations already taken by the inspiration to educate their citizens in the Culture of Heart. In chosen-special nations rural areas with 80 to 100 % Blessed families. It spreads like fire. Governors and social leaders Blessed and supporting restore their society. Nations with DP education on TV. All religions inspired and working together. Churches with millions of members, accepting DP, Family Pledge and TP. Scientists uniting with new technological discoveries to contribute build the New Ideal World. Join and Support

This is a very brief report on the providential development in the East, centered on our True Parents, to create the model for the Ideal Peaceful World. The new world is coming with great speed. We really live in the Age of CIG (Cosmic Nation of Peace and Unity).



The Fourth Anniversary of Foundation Day - Vision 2020: Let's quickly bring Peace to the World. The Culture of Heart is now spreading like fire. 13 special nations designated to be restored first and create the model for the ideal world.

World Summit 2017 Korea
3 years to establish the first Ideal Nation 

By the year 2020 we are dedicated to establish at list few nations build based on the Culture of Heart. Number of nations already taken by the inspiration to educate their citizens in the Culture of Love through establishing Families of True Love. See, The Blessing Overcomes Historic Boundaries


"We say that our family pledges to build a world based on the culture of heart. This is our ideal...  The  culture of heart means living everyday life as  an  expression  of  the  principle  of  living for the sake of others with true love. The world based on the culture of heart refers to the one great enclosure embracing everything – that is, the tribe of the realm of the heart."  Sun Myung Moon, 1994.5.2

At the moment there are around 50 chosen nations. 13 of them are selected as special - since the education of their citizens is going with great speed. In those nations rural areas are already with 80 to 100 % Blessed families. It spreads like fire. It started from Korea 10 yrs ago, expanded in the Asian countries and now (the last 3 yrs) overtakes with full power the African continent. There is no stopping now - THE CULTURE OF PEACE is spreading fast. The West will decline if not taking the same direction as fast as possible.

Governors and social leaders Blessed and supporting

Close to 400 families already fulfilled the Tribal Messiah mission to Bless and Educate 430 couples. Social leaders, Chiefs and Governors are being blessed first. They recognize the need for moral education, they recognize how important is to rise this family culture. 

Thousands of high official and VIP underwent 3 day and 7 day workshops on DP (Divine Principle). 700 world leaders have come to Korea for the World Summit Conference on Peace. The list of worldwide activities for Peace of UPF has no end and surpasses any effort of UN or any government. 

Nations, like Nepal already have DP education on TV (7 mill. viewers). They even hold Sunday Family Services on TV, to reach the growing number of Blessed families in the villages across the country. The World Summit was reported in media, TV and newspapers.


All religions inspired and working together

No joke; This is the real Revolution of Conscience, beyond religion and denomination. We see predominantly Buddhist countries accept these Ideals, we see predominantly Hindu countries inspired, we see Muslim countries get overwhelmed.

"God’s world is one based on the culture of heart. It is one unified extended family centered upon the one love of God. As such, the five races should live as one big family, with no one above or below others. Such a time is coming." Sun Myung Moon, CSG p. 1533

The Culture of Heart is beyond boundaries. There are cases of Christian Churches with millions of members, accepting the Unification Principle, Family Pledge and True Parents. There are even cases of denominations not connected to us, who like the Divine Principle and accept it as their main teaching.

Scientists uniting with new technological discoveries to contribute build the New Ideal World. The spirit world poring like rain new knowledge on how to heal diseases, how to get free energy, how to travel fast. 

On top of that we already have number of the best schools and universities, to educate the future young leaders of this new world. Soon even the World Cultural Center will be build at the Ceong Pyeong Lake, which is fast turning into the New Eden on Earth (with thousands of blessed families already living and working there, creating one totally new and pure heartistic culture). Join and Support! We live in great times!


"By welcoming the era where we will manifest and globalize the realm of heart, we will consequently establish a world based on the unified culture of heart, a world of a single unified culture. The world will be without war or conflict, and God’s Kingdom on earth and in heaven will be realized." Sun Myung Moon, CSG p. 1534


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Life of Rev. Moon, Washington Times founder



Washington Times founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of Unification Church, Family Federation for Peace, FFWPU
Rev. Moon, Times founder
Washington Times founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of Unification Church, Family Federation for Peace, FFWPU

By Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times - Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the Unification Movement and founder of The Washington Times, descended to spirit world surrounded by family, friends and followers, according to Unification Church leaders. on Monday in South Korea. He was 94 (Korean counting).

Rev. Joshua Cotter, vice president of the Unification Church USA, said that “the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, revered by millions as the Messiah and True Parent, who was born in Korea but who lived more than 40 years in America … has ascended.”

He was leading the fastest growing worldwide religious movement that he founded in South Korea in 1954, and expanded it to world wide level in less than 40 yrs. Rev. Moon is known for his anti-communist cause during the Cold War. He promoted the biggest in history international and interfaith peace activities. Dr. Moon strongly advocated a pro-marriage, pro-family culture, inspiring millions of couples to create model families of true love, that will change the world.

“His vision of sacred marriage, of the formation of ideal families and a world of peace has been taken up by millions of people around the world and a second and third generation of Unificationists,” Mr. Cotter said.

Thomas P. McDevitt, president of The Washington Times, said, “words cannot convey my heart at this time.
Rev. Sun Myung Moon has long loved America, and he believed in the need for a powerful free press to convey accurate information and moral values to people in a free world. The Washington Times stands as a tangible expression of those two loves.”

During Rev. Moon’s illness, wife Hak Ja Han Moon urged members not to grieve but “continue on unwaveringly.” “Please take heart that, for us, there is no stopping on the way,” she said, on the church’s Tongil Group website.

A visionary businessman and lifelong champion of the free press, Rev. Moon founded newspapers, magazines, electronic media outlets and digital publications in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and many Latin American, African and European countries.

“As controversial as Rev. Moon was in the United States, I got to know him as a man whose heart was focused on bringing together people of different faiths to bridge divides. His call on people of faith to serve others is an important legacy,” said Neil Bush, chairman of Points of Light and son of former President George H.W. Bush.

“He will always be remembered as the embodiment of loving and sharing without limits, sacrifice and suffering without limits, courage and service without limits — and all this not for family, race, community or nation, but for humankind as a whole,” said Ambassador K.V. Rajan, former secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

The energetic religious founder traveled the world numerous times and went on speaking tours as recently as 2011. He created hundreds of organizations and met with countless world leaders, notably such communist leaders as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and North Korea’s Kim Il-sung


He overcame death in July 2008, when his family survived a helicopter crash in Korea. Rev. Moon’s teachings faced criticism, misunderstanding and persecution. He was jailed six times, and survived numerous beatings and a North Korean labor camp.

“I am a controversial person,” Rev. Moon wrote in his 2009 autobiography, “As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen.” The world “has associated many different phrases with my name, rejected me, and thrown stones at me. Not knowing what I say or what I do.. they only opposed me,” he wrote. “Today, though, not even the slightest wound remains in my heart. … True love is a love that forgets it already gave love, and gives love again.”

Rev. Moon became widely known to Americans in the 1970s during his rallies across the country, and especially those at Yankee Stadium and the Washington Monument in 1976. America was in “moral decline,” Rev. Moon wrote in his autobiography, “and [I] played the role of a fireman responding to a call in an effort to reawaken its Puritan spirit.”

But accusations made Rev. Moon the target of repeated investigations. In 1982, Rev. Moon was falsely convicted and served 13 months in federal prison. Later recognized as unfare and declared innocent. Thousands of Christian Ministers came in his support, saying the can be charged with the same.

Prolific founder

Despite these attacks, Rev. Moon established numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification and the Universal Peace Federation. Now with high standing in the UN.

He also launched business interests in industries such as shipbuilding, industrial machinery, stoneware, fishing and seafood products, computer software, ginseng tea and other health products, soft drinks, arts and cultural schools, newspapers in several countries and car factories in China and North Korea. In 1992, the church rescued the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut from bankruptcy with a loan reported at $60 million.

A passionate fisherman, Rev. Moon inspired “Ocean Challenge” programs for youths and fishing tournaments in places such as Gloucester, Mass.; Alaska; and Hawaii. In 2011, he launched a marine company in Las Vegas to make a new kind of leisure craft.

Rev. Moon also founded numerous international, interfaith service groups, such as the International Relief Friendship Foundation, Religious Youth Service and Service for Peace, and sponsored thousands of conferences on world peace, family and interfaith issues. National leaders including former Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush addressed some of these conferences.

“My peace plan starts from the level of the individual,” Rev. Moon once said. “First we must find peace with God, then peace with our fellow man, and finally we can secure world peace.”

His belief in the divine significance of marriage was the rationale behind the Unification Church’s most famous events — the mass public “blessings” for both newlyweds (including church members whom Rev. Moon matched together) and married couples of all religions renewing their vows.

“What is the blessing? It is to possess God’s love, God’s son or daughter, and then all the universe,” Rev. Moonexplained at a 1975 matching ceremony.

Early years

Rev. Moon was born Jan. 6, 1920, in Sangsa Ri village in Pyongan province, now part of North Korea. His family members were poor farmers who joined the Presbyterian Church when he was 10. Rev. Moon embraced his conversion deeply and often lamented about the world of perpetual suffering he saw in Japanese-occupied Korea.

On Easter Sunday 1935, when he was 15, Rev. Moon would later say, he was praying on a Korean mountaintop when Jesus Christ appeared to him and asked him to fulfill his life’s work. Rev. Moon refused twice, but when Jesus asked him a third time to accept the mission, the teenager promised, “I will do it.”

For nine years, he studied, prayed and fasted to understand his mission. In 1943, he married his first wife, Seon-Gil Choi, and worked as an electrical engineer to support their son. But in 1946, he suddenly left his home to go to Pyongyang, North Korea, where Christianity and communism were colliding. He later said he was heeding God’s call.

There, he established himself as a spiritual leader, but was arrested after Christian clergy complained to police and accused him of being a spy from the South. During one arrest, he was tortured and left for dead outside the prison. His followers nursed him back to health.

In 1948, the same year he was expelled by the Presbyterians, Rev. Moon was arrested again by North Korean communists and imprisoned in the Heungnam labor camp.

Life expectancy in the camp was only a few months, but Rev. Moon persevered until 1950, when United Nations forces, under Gen. Douglas MacArthur, liberated the camp in October, on the eve of his scheduled execution. In the early 1980s, Rev. Moon financed the feature film “Inchon” to honor the U.S. war hero, who was played by Laurence Olivier.

In December 1950, Rev. Moon walked 500 miles south to Pusan, South Korea, where he and a small group of followers built a church from discarded U.S. military supply crates.

‘Divine Principle’

It was in Pusan where Rev. Moon committed his theology to writing, in a volume called “Wolli Wonbon,” or the “Divine Principle.” In that volume, based on years of intense biblical study, he explains that God, as the Original Parent of all mankind, has been grieving for His lost children since the Fall of Man.

The Divine Principle further explains the events of the Fall, the existence of evil, and how God has been working through human history to reclaim heaven and earth through a formula called the providence of restoration. God’s followers are called to live lives of true love, public service and work to bring peace among religions.

In 1953, Rev. Moon moved to Seoul where, the next year, he registered his church as the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity — generally known as the Unification Church. By 1957, Unification churches were established in 30 Korean cities and towns. In 1958, the church’s first missionary went to Japan; in 1959, the first Unificationist missionaries arrived in America. He later sent missionaries to every country in the world.

Rev. Moon’s marriage to Seon-Gil Choi ended in 1958 after she filed for divorce.

In 1960, Rev. Moon married Hak Ja Han. The couple eventually had 14 children, and are revered by church members as the “True Parents.”

Beginning in 1960, Rev. Moon matched and married his earliest followers with their consent. The ceremonies, which the faithful believe release them from the bondage of original sin, grew to include 2,075 couples in Madison Square Garden in 1982. Over the years, these “blessing ceremonies,” the most recent occurring in March, have involved millions of couples either in stadiums or via satellite.

Rev. Moon first traveled to the United States in 1965 for a five-month visit, during which he toured the country and spent three months in the Washington home of Bo Hi Pak, a South Korean diplomat and Unification Church member. Rev. Moon returned to the U.S. in 1969 and, in 1971, moved the missionary headquarters of his church to Westchester County, N.Y.

In 1972, Rev. Moon began a seven-city U.S. evangelical tour with a “Day of Hope Rally” at New York City’s Lincoln Center. He continued his public appearances over the next two years, speaking on the theme of “Christianity in Crisis,” including a Sept. 18, 1974, event at Madison Square Garden in New York.

In November 1973, Rev. Moon had taken out newspaper ads urging Americans to “forgive, love and unite” in the face of the crisis created by the Watergate scandal. That led to a Feb. 1, 1974, Oval Office meeting between President Richard M. Nixon and Rev. Moon.

False Accusations

After Rev. Moon associated himself with Nixon, his religious movement began to be regarded as politically controversial. Critics began charging the Unification Church with “brainwashing” its members.

“Liberals in America, especially those who sympathized with international communism, felt particularly threatened by Rev. Moon’s appearance on the national scene,” Mr. Pak later wrote. “They feared that Rev. Moon could become a major threat, and so they came together to form an anti-Rev. Moon movement.”

During the 1970s, the Unification Church in America attracted many young adults. These converts often lived communally, witnessing, lecturing or raising money for the church’s projects. This attracted the attention of established religious organizations. Some parents of new members complained that the church prohibited contact between young converts and their families. In some cases, parents arranged to have young people abducted from Unification training centers and “deprogrammed.”

“I have never divided families or broken homes,” and the accusations of brainwashing are “nonsense,” Rev. Moon told theologian Frederick Sontag in a 1977 book about the church.

In 1977, a House subcommittee on international organizations began investigating the Unification Church. Rep. Donald Fraser, Minnesota Democrat, charged that the church was a lobbying organization for the South Korean government.

Although the congressional investigation failed to find any wrongdoing by Rev. Moon or the church, the Internal Revenue Service in 1981 obtained an indictment against Rev. Moon for income-tax evasion. The IRS charged that Rev. Moon failed to declare $112,000 in interest and $50,000 in corporate stock. Rev. Moon’s defense asserted that the assets were not Rev. Moon‘s, but were held in trust for the Japanese Unification Church.

A jury found Rev. Moon guilty of not paying about $7,500 of tax on interest income, and he was sentenced to 18 months in Danbury Federal Correctional Institution, a sentence he began serving in July 1984. With time off for good behavior, he was formally released Aug. 2, 1985, after serving 13 months. More than 2,000 clergymen welcomed Rev. Moon at a banquet in Washington that night.

‘Landslide’ predicted

Even as he faced investigations and imprisonment, Rev. Moon embarked on a new aspect of his public career. He had declared that “only the United States can protect the democratic world against the threat of communism,” and warned that President Jimmy Carter’s “naivete” about that threat would soon lead to “world communization.”

His aide, Mr. Pak, later recalled that Rev. Moon prayed for an American president who would “stop the marching tide of communism,” and that Rev. Moon one day told him: “The next president of the United States will hold the fate of the world in his hands, and Heaven has chosen Ronald Reagan.”

Unification Church members actively supported the Reagan campaign in 1980 and, at Rev. Moon’s direction, Mr. Pak arranged a meeting with Reagan in Toledo, Ohio. Greeting the candidate as “President Reagan,” Mr. Pak recalled, he told the Republican challenger: “God has already decided on you as the next president.”

Reagan, according to Mr. Pak, was “taken aback” by the statement and asked him: “What did you say? Who on earth told you that?”

After he explained Rev. Moon’s prophecy, Mr. Pak said, Reagan responded with his characteristic humor: “I wish I had as much confidence in myself as Rev. Moon does.”

Opinion polls predicted a close election, but Rev. Moon’s confidence was reflected by the News World, a New York newspaper that he founded in 1976. On Election Day 1980, the News World rolled off the press with a giant headline predicting “Reagan Landslide.”

At a news conference that morning, Mr. Reagan held up the News World’s front page, an image carried across the country by television reports. When the votes were counted, the Republican had won 489 of 538 Electoral College votes, more than matching the bold prediction.

Going to print

The News World, renamed the New York City Tribune in 1983, was Rev. Moon’s first venture into the American press, and in 1978, he established the World Media Association dedicated to promoting freedom of the press. When The Washington Star went bankrupt in 1981, Rev. Moon thought it was important to ensure that the nation’s capital remained a two-newspaper city.

Mr. Pak, who was then publisher of the News World, recalled that on Jan. 1, 1982, Rev. Moon ordered him to establish a daily to be named The Washington Times — to begin publication by March 1.

This seemed “an impossible mission,” Mr. Pak remembered.

Recruiting veteran editor James Whelan and purchasing a warehouse on New York Avenue that is still the newspaper’s headquarters, Mr. Pak was able to get a debut issue of The Times printed by Rev. Moon’s deadline of March 1. A little more than two months later, on May 17, 1982, The Times published its second issue and began regular daily publication.

One analyst predicted that the new daily would not “last more than six months,” but according to Mr. Pak, Rev. Mooninvested more than $1 billion in The Times during its first 10 years of publication, and Unification Church members — including many with no previous newspaper experience — worked tirelessly with seasoned professional journalists to make it a success.

During its first 10 years of publication, The Times won more than 650 awards, including top honors from the Society of Newspaper Design in 1988 and 1992, and an editorial writing award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1989.

A favorite of Republican leaders (Reagan insisted on reading The Washington Times first thing in the morning at the White House), the newspaper scored scoops with its award-winning coverage of congressional scandals and the Whitewater scandal in the 1990s.

The Washington Times is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Over the years, Rev. Moon was associated with a number of other publications, including the Segye Ilbo in Korea, Sekai Nippo in Japan, the Spanish-language weekly Tiempos del Mundo in Argentina, the Middle East Times in Cairo, Ultimas Noticias in Uruguay, and Washington Golf Monthly.

In 2000, News World Communications purchased the United Press International wire service. A weekly newsmagazine, Insight on the News, and a monthly magazine, The World and I, ceased publication in 2004, but continued as online publications.

‘Victory Over Communism’

Throughout the 1980s, Rev. Moon actively promoted opposition to communism, a struggle he saw in religious terms.

“The only way to defeat communism is to clearly prove the existence of God,” he said. He developed an anti-communist strategy he called Victory Over Communism (VOC), which critiqued the fallacies of Marxist theory while seeking to “demonstrate in detail how God guides human history.” VOC was the philosophical underpinning of CAUSA (Confederation of Associations for the Unification of the Societies of the Americas), an organization that Rev. Moonestablished in 1980 to combat the spread of communism in Latin America. CAUSA seminars trained anti-communist leaders through South and Central America, and even sought to convert communist sympathizers.

Rev. Moon also advocated national security policies for free nations threatened by communism. In 1986, he established the International Security Council, which convened conferences of prominent geopolitical experts and senior officials from the United States, the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China and other nations.

The collapse of the Soviet empire gave Rev. Moon cause to celebrate what he called “an end to the most pernicious worldwide dictatorship in history.” He described the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union as “the results of God’s providence.”

He conveyed that message, but in a spirit of reconciliation, when he met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in April 1990 and with North Korean founder Kim Il-sung in December 1991.

Culture warrior

Even as he celebrated the end of the Cold War, Rev. Moon focused on new struggles, calling for “a revival of spiritual culture.”

“The societies of free countries today are exhibiting a phenomenon that is every bit as evil as communism … the philosophy of materialistic humanism and … the extreme individualism and selfishness that are the offshoots of this philosophy,” he declared in 1992.

“The young people, whom we normally expect to become the future leaders, are losing touch with their consciences in a flood of immorality, drugs and crime, to such an extent that it is difficult for us to have hope in them as the leaders of the 21st century.”

To turn back that “flood,” Rev. Moon inspired a number of organizations for youths and for adults, including the Women’s Federation for World Peace, the American Family Coalition, the World Culture and Sports Festival, the Little Angels Performing Arts Center, the Il Hwa Chonma Soccer Team in Korea and the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington.

In a 1997 speech, Rev. Moon called for “a true youth culture centering on true love” for the “supreme task” of combating “the social trends of moral degradation, including moral decadence and self-indulgence.” The struggle against those forces would, he said, “determine whether humanity will survive or be destroyed.”

He brought his efforts for international peace into academia and science. Beginning with the International Conference on the Unity of the Sciences in 1972, the Professors World Peace Academy in 1973 and the Summit Council for World Peace in 1987, and through the Universal Peace Federation, founded in 2005, Rev. Moon underwrote thousands of conferences and forums as a way for scholars, activists and community leaders to resolve human problems.

He announced his idea of an International Peace Highway connecting Tokyo and London in 1981. In 2005, he proposed a bridge-and-tunnel project from Alaska to Russia.

Rev. Moon received numerous honorary doctorates, including a doctorate of divinity in 1985 from Shaw University.

His interfaith work in America, launched in the 1970s, has grown under the American Clergy Leadership Conference. Thousands of clergy from different religions, known as “ambassadors for peace,” have visited the Middle East to pray together and create a foundation for peace.

In 2007, Rev. Moon held a conference with delegates from 194 countries to pledge to create a “peace U.N.” to emphasize “living for the sake of others,” and in 2011 underwent another international speaking tour, mostly in Europe. He also worked to promote peace between North and South Korea.

“Since [the meeting with Kim Il-sung“] and continuing to this day,” Rev. Moon said in his autobiography, “we have maintained a special relationship with North Korea. … That is the importance of trust.”

Rev. Moon, who was 93 by Korean age calculations, is survived by Mrs. Moon, 11 children, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Several children preceded him in death.

Rev. In Jin Moon, the Moons’ third daughter and senior pastor of the Unification Church of North America, had been touring the country to speak about her father’s illness when he died.

“Before I left my father’s side, I held his hand as I normally do during the visits, and in my mind, I said, ‘Father, I’m going to take your love and your handshake back to all of the brothers and sisters who are praying for you.’ And it is really the heart of our True Mother as our mother to really thank you individually. I’m sure if she could be with you here today, that is exactly what she would do,” she told members at a Chicago service Aug. 29.

• Former Washington Times staff member Robert Stacy McCain contributed to this report.
Washington Times founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of Unification Church, Family Federation for Peace, FFWPU 

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