A fake bomb discovered aboard Air France flight 463 on Sunday prompted an emergency landing on Mombasa, Kenya while the plane was en route to Paris.
On early Sunday, Air France flight 463 was flying from Mauritius to Paris when the pilots requested an emergency landing in Mobasa after a suspected bomb was discovered inside a lavatory. Hours after the Boeing 777 landed in the Kenyan coastal city, the Air France CEO announced that the device found was just a fake bomb, according to CBS News.
Kenyan authorities said they screened all the 473 individuals aboard flight 463 at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa before they were taken to hotels. They also searched the aircraft for clues and other similarly suspicious objects, USA Today reports. more >>
A number of Muslims reportedly risked their lives to save fellow Christian passengers in a Kenyan bus attack by Islamist radicals, which left two people dead.
BBC News reported on Monday that at least two people were killed in the attack that took place near the northeastern village of El Wak.
A number of the Muslim passengers, when told to separate from the Christians, stood up and told the gunmen "to kill them together or leave them alone," government officials added. more >>
Christians in South Sudan are praying for peace this Christmas time following two years of devastating civil war, which according to some estimates has killed up to 100,000 people.
"Two years after the outbreak of the civil war we continue to hope for peace, and perhaps this Christmas will be different from the last two, where we experienced suffering and fear," a South Sudanese missionary told Fides News Agency.
The country marked this week the two year anniversary of the civil war that has plunged the world's youngest nation into a deep crisis. more >>
General overseer of the Nigeria-based Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who was named one of the world's 50 most powerful people in 2008 by Newsweek, told congregants this week that they should not give an offering to his church if they are unsure of their salvation.
Addressing congregants at the opening of the church's annual Holy Ghost Congress on Monday, Adeboye told members that when they give an offering they are sending money to Heaven. He warned, however, that it is a waste to send money to a place if they are unsure if they will enter.
"The Bible teaches that when you are giving to the work of God you are sending money to Heaven. You are sending money ahead to the bank in Heaven. You are laying up your treasures above. And that's the major reason why I decided to take the offering tonight because I want to make an announcement. And I want that announcement to go around the entire Redeemed Christian Church of God," said Adeboye in a recording of the service posted on YouTube. more >>
Muslim missionaries are converting Christian children in Africa and teaching them a chant proclaiming that Jesus is the slave of Allah and Muhammad, based on a recent report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
A group of Muslim missionaries under the leadership of Egyptian cleric Wahid Abd Al-Salam Bali have embarked on a campaign to convert Christians in Malawi. The cleric claimed on Facebook that they were able to convert 4,379 Christians during their week-long campaign, according to The Blaze.
Videos surfaced on the Internet showing the Muslim missionaries teaching African Christians the chant, "I attest that Jesus is the slave of Allah and His Messenger." In another clip, the leader of the group is teaching children to memorize the Islamic creed that refers to Jesus with the index finger raised as a sign to acknowledge Allah's oneness, the report details. more >>
On the eve of World AIDS Day, Pope Francis admitted Monday that the question about whether the Roman Catholic Church should condone condom use to help prevent the spread of HIV is a complicated issue for the moral of the church.
During an in-flight press conference on the return trip from his six-day visit in Africa, a German journalist asked the pontiff: "We know that condoms are not the only method of solving the epidemic, but it's an important part of the answer. Is it not time for the church to change its position on the matter? To allow the use of condoms to prevent more infections?"
As the Catholic Church has historically opposed all forms of contraception and teaches abstinence is the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, Pope Francis responded by saying that he felt that the journalist's condom suggestion would only have a small effect on a larger problems facing the continent, the Catholic News Agency reports. more >>