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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has met Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and asked him to intervene to stop attacks on Anglicans.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will visit Zimbabwe in a show of support for Anglicans under siege from a renegade ex-bishop.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is planning to visit Zimbabwe in October as part of a wider trip to Africa and hopes to meet with President Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe's has attacked Catholic bishops, accusing them of lying about the nation's dire social and economic situation.
The URC has expressed its anger and concern at the news of the violent disruption of an ecumenical prayer service for peace in Zimbabwe.
Amnesty International has expressed shock that at least 45 Zimbabwean activists have been charged with treason and could face the death penalty.
Catholic bishops have warned that conditions are not yet fit for elections in Zimbabwe after the bloody presidential run-off that left scores of people dead.
In his Christmas Sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury stresses mutual dependence, loyalty and solidarity in the face of economic constraint and abuse of minorities.
A Swiss church-backed group says human rights violations are being committed in Zimbabwean mines and the minerals should be labelled "blood diamonds".
Church and rights groups in Zimbabwe have warned against new elections saying the situation in the country is "highly volatile, uncertain and tense".