After weeks of violence, Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has announced that he is pulling out of Friday's presidential election run-off, fearing massacres of his supporters and a rigged poll outcome.
Zambian and Zimbabwean Roman Catholic bishops have exhorted the government of Southern African to take much stronger action in pressuring the government in Harare to ensure a credible presidential election in Zimbabwe.
Churches worldwide are being invited to mark a day of prayer for Zimbabwe on Sunday 22 June, as the beginning of a season of prayer for the people and government of the African country, which is facing a critical time in its history.
Zimbabwean women have told the United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva they are watching a "silent genocide" unfurl in their country, as President Mugabe's reign of terror against all opposition continues apace.
Church leaders in Canada want action to follow a public apology by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to victims of a situation where aboriginal children were placed in residential schools run by churches in a policy of enforced assimilation.
Zimbabwe police and security forces have raided the Harare offices of several Christian groups, arresting the general secretary of the Student Christian Movement of Zimbabwe and other officers and staff.
Church and development organisations are demanding that countries with close bilateral ties to Angola – including the UK – take a more robust position on the continuing human rights violations in the country.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, will be speaking at a special peace service at the refurbished St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, London, on Monday 9 June 2008.