Sunday, February 7, 1999 Published at 06:06 GMT
Moonies wed on the Net
Mass weddings are a hallmark of the Moonies
Some 40,000 'Moonie' couples are attending one of the world's largest weddings in South Korea which is being broadcast worldwide via the Internet.
The Reverend Moon is officiating at Sunday's ceremony in Seoul's Olympic Stadium. But similar mass weddings will take place simultaneously in 185 countries.
Many of those taking part only met their spouse a few days ago as is common in Moonie weddings.
Only about a third of the 40,000 couples in Seoul are actually getting married. The others are there to be blessed and to publicly restate their vows and commitment to sexual purity and fidelity.
The Reverend Moon has recently returned to Korea after living in Brazil, where he has been trying to build what he calls a new Garden of Eden.
But the church is said to be losing support in Europe, dogged by accusations of brainwashing recruits and breaking up families.
And its business empire in South Korea is crumbling because of the country's economic crisis.
A recent religious service conducted by the Reverend Moon was disrupted by workers from one bankrupt subsidiary demanding back pay.