EDITORIAL: Rev. Moon, Rest in Peace
His sense of mission remains the guiding light of The Washington Times
The Rev. Sun Myung Moon died in Korea on Sunday at the age of 92. He founded The Washington Times in 1982, and through it maintained a strong voice at the highest levels of national and international affairs. Over 30 years, the preeminent challenges of the day have changed, from the Communist threat during the Cold War to the contemporary dangers posed by suffocating debt. Throughout it all, The Washington Times has remained constant in articulating the importance of the values of faith, family, freedom and service to serve as guiding lights to help the country and world navigate the rough waters. These were the guiding lights ignited by Rev. Moon.
A ceremony for awarding the National Reunification Prize to Moon Sun Myung was held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall today, KCNA reports. Present there were Thae Hyong Chol, secretary general of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, officials concerned, members of the bereaved families of the deceased and persons concerned.
After a decree of the Presidium of the SPA of the DPRK was read out, the prize awarding to Moon Sun Myung who positively contributed to the patriotic cause for the peaceful reunification of the country and the prosperity common to the nation was conveyed to Moon Hyung Jin. The member of the bereaved family of the deceased and the person concerned of the funeral committee arrived in Pyongyang Friday via Kaesong.
KCNA Video of a prize presented to Father Moon's son the International Chairman of Universal Peace Federation for Father Moon's many efforts for reunification of the Korean peninsula. http://tinyurl.com/c2c6afw
Throughout his entire life, Reverend Sun Myung Moon lived as the Messiah and True Parents consistently… Proclamation of Cheon Il Guk
Rev. Moon has lived his whole life with the motto of “World Peace and Salvation of humankind.” He founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity in 1954 and made it a world level religion by dispatching missionaries to 194 nations. He also professed his vision of World Peace and the Salvation of humankind. He lived with vigor and vitality in many ways unfathomable to the average person.
He was imprisoned six times in Japan, North Korea, South Korea and the USA. Although he was rejected in large part by the vested right, the world paid attention to him. Rev. Moon maintained international relevance through professing his vision and life course to humanity, who battled with confusion that came with the absence of values and religious conflicts that occurred throughout the history of civilization.
Rev. Moon has led God’s Providence both in the spiritual world and physical world. On September 3, 2012, at 1:54 am, he peacefully ascended to Heaven. Rev. Moon said that he left The Eight Great Textbooks and Teaching Materials as his last wish several times as he emphasized that he had already left a will for humanity; and that it was his last wish to be prepared after his victory over the seven hardships he faced between life and death.
London, House of Lords. Tomorrow (May 25th 2012) is Africa Day. Universal Peace Federation (UPF) decided to commemorate the UN day with an engaging discussion event on peace, security and development in Africa. Speakers included: Brigadier James Ellery CBE (photo left) who was the UN Head of Mission in DRC and South Sudan and UN Chief of Staff in Sierra Leone of 17,500 soldiers; Mr Aliu Bello who has 24 years of experience working with UNICEF in Nigeria, Sudan, Ghana and Afghanistan; Belinda Atim, formerly with TB Alert and a Global Health Youth Advocate, now an Independent Consultant on Global Health; Ashley Crosthwaite, the Chairman of International Relief Friendship Foundation - UK and Dr Yong Cheon Song, the Regional Director of UPF in Europe.
Perhaps DPRK (North Korean) Leader Kim Jong Un did not greet Rev. Hyung Jin Moon in person because he views himself as a head of state, and his counterpart is not. Therefore, he sent his uncle, Jang Song Taek,” commented Dr. Mark Barry, an adjunct professor at the Unification Theological Seminary and a subject expert on North Korea.
Dr. Barry commented in the following letter sent to Unificationnews.com:“North Korea decided it could not send a delegation to the South for Rev. Moon’s Seonghwa because, frankly, North-South relations have been bad since the day President Lee Myung-bak took office in 2008, and the DPRK is reluctant to have anything to do with the South as long as he’s in power.