Anglican bishops in Zimbabwe are receiving death threats and one worshipper who refused to follow an excommunicated leader was killed, according to a document viewed by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the worldwide head of the Anglican church, gave a copy of the document to the country's longtime ruler President Robert Mugabe during a meeting on Monday.
Williams told reporters after the meeting that the president told him he was unfamiliar with the scale of intimidation the mainstream Anglicans in Zimbabwe have reported.
The archbishiop traveled to Zimbabwe last weekend to speak out against abuse and intimidation some worshippers have been facing.
He addressed more than 15,000 mainstream Anglican church members Sunday at a special Eucharist worship service in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.
The Anglican Church has been divided in the country since a Bishop Nolbert Kunonga, a Mugabe supporter, was excommunicated in 2007.
His followers have taken control of an orphanage, and evicted nuns and priests -- leaving some mainstream Anglicans without places to worship.