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Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/05/15

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass at St Peter's Basilica (CNS/Angelo Carconi, EPA)

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has described Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote as a “defeat for humanity”.

Archbishop Paul-André Durocher has written to senior Canadian officials expressing “deep concern” about the impact of a Supreme Court ruling on assisted suicide.

The Nigerian bishops’ conference has objected to the provision of abortion for pregnant women freed from Boko Haram camps.

Andrea Gagliarducci and Edward Pentin report on the French, German and Swiss bishops’ private synod meeting in Rome (Fr John Zuhlsdorf).

Michael Kelly, Michael Moreland and Michael Sean Winters reflect on the Irish referendum vote.

Robert Mickens wonders if Francis has “the time, energy and necessary support to radically overhaul” the Curia.

And the US Postal Service is preparing to release a stamp honouring Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.