World IN BRIEF : SOUTH KOREA : Leading 'Rapture' Church Disbands

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Judgment day caught up with the largest of the South Korean churches predicting the impending end of the world. The Dami Mission disbanded and apologized to the nation. The "doomsday" churches had predicted that last Wednesday would bring the Rapture--the faithful's ascension to heaven. Possibly thousands of believers sold property, left families, and quit schools and jobs. A newspaper said the disbanding was approved by the church's founder, in jail on charges of swindling parishioners.

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