South Korea

    Thousands of couples have tied the knot in a mass global wedding organized by South Korea's controversial Unification Church, its biggest in a decade. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon married off or renewed the wedding vows of 7,500 to 20,000 couples worldwide, reports said. Many were gathered in Asan, south of Seoul, while others took part via live links from Sweden, Brazil and the US. The spectacle comes as Rev Moon is handing over the day-to-day leadership of the church to his children. Unificationists believe that Sun Myung Moon and his wife are the Messiah and 'true parents of all humanity', putting the movement at odds with orthodox Christian churches. (BBC)

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