The Archbishop of Canterbury is offering his cottage to refugees

Ellen Stewart
Sunday 20 September 2015 11:00
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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has promised to open up the doors of his four-bed cottage to Syrian refugees.

A spokesperson for Welby said refugees would be welcome at the property, which sits in the grounds of Lambeth Palace aka the archbishop's official London residence.

According to the BBC they said:

As a Christian who leads the Church of England it is something he feels passionate about.

As the archbishop said, Jesus was a refugee, and there are refugees here who are desperate for sanctuary from war-torn places and the archbishop is completely torn about their situation and wants to make a difference.

This week, the first refugees from Syria are expected to arrive in the UK, after Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to resettle 20,000 people over the course of the current Parliament.

In a House of Commons statement, the prime minister said:

In doing so we will continue to show the world that this country is a country of extraordinary compassion, always standing up for our values and helping those in need. Britain will play it's part alongside our other european partners.

While Mr Cameron's announcement is a welcome one, there are still millions more who have been displaced by war, not only in Syria, but in other parts of the Middle East, Africa and Europe who are still in need.

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