Archbishop of Canterbury offers Syrian refugees sanctuary at Lambeth Palace

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has offered sanctuary for Syrian refugees at Lambeth Palace.

Justin Welby will welcome the families fleeing the war torn country to his official London residence, and move them into a four-bedroom cottage at the palace.

The gesture follows a similar move by the Catholic church after the Vatican took in a refugee family from Damascus.

A spokeswoman said the archbishop had been considering the move for "a while". A cottage in the palace grounds is currently being redecorated and could provide room for a "family or two".

Lambeth Palace is the official London residence of the Archbishop. Credit: PA

The rent for the refugees will be paid for by charitable funds under the archbishop's personal control, the Sunday Times(£) said.

Last week, the Archbishop described David Cameron's plans to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees as a "very slim response" to the crisis.