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Appeal of coronavirus-hit cult raises tough questions for South Korea

Controversial Shincheonji Church of Jesus boasts over 200,000 members

Lee Man-hee, founder of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, bows on the floor as he apologizes for his church’s role in spreading the coronavirus at a press conference in Seoul on March 2.   © Yonhap/ Kyodo

SEOUL -- The Shincheonji Church of Jesus has come under the spotlight at home and abroad since the South Korean religious sect became a hotbed of the country's explosively spreading coronavirus outbreak.

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