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The U.S Embassy said Thursday that many war-affected families have been resettled in hastily cleared land without adequate shelter, water, sanitation or livelihoods available for residents.

Sri Lanka last month closed a refugee camp that has housed hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians since the country’s quarter-century civil war ended in 2009.

But the U.N. said 346 people from 110 families who were last to leave the camp could not return home because their lands are occupied by the military.

VATICAN CITY

Pope transfers official who backed U.S. nuns

Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday transferred to the United States a high-ranking Holy See official who had ruffled feathers at the Vatican by openly seeking to mend its frayed ties with U.S. nuns.

Archbishop Joseph Tobin, an American Redemptorist priest, was named archbishop of Indianapolis, where he succeeds Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, who retired last year.

Benedict had tapped Archbishop Tobin, a two-time superior general of the Redemptorist religious order, to be the No. 2 official in the Vatican’s office for religious orders in 2010.

At the time, the Vatican had initiated two separate investigations of U.S. nuns, looking into their quality of life and their doctrinal orthodoxy. The investigations were initiated following years of complaints from theological conservatives that American nuns had grown too secular, liberal and political while abandoning traditional doctrine.

In Catholic press interviews soon after his appointment, Archbishop Tobin, 60, had acknowledged the hurt many nuns felt over the Vatican’s crackdown and called for a strategy of reconciliation.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports