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South Korea's Yoido Full Gospel Church struggles to keep the dream alive

Remembering Pastor Cho Yong-gi

Pastor Cho Yong-gi, right, who built Seoul's Yoido Full Gospel Church into the world's largest megachurch before being tainted by corruption and other scandals, died in September. He was 85. (Source photos by AP and Reuters)

SEOUL -- South Korea's megachurches have for decades attempted to balance huge wealth with claims to be agents working for the betterment of the poor and downtrodden. No church has embodied this duality more than Yoido Full Gospel Church, which was started in a tent in 1958 and grew to become the world's largest congregation.

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