YONKERS - Parishioners in Yonkers packed St. Casimir's Church today for a special Mass in Polish.
The Mass celebrated the canonization of two former pontiffs, John XXIII and Polish-born John Paul II.
Both men were installed as saints by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square.
"Pope John Paul II is one of our own, so we are definitely ecstatic to have him become a saint. We've been waiting a long time, but he was a great individual, a great man," said Mike Ulanski, of Yonkers.
Worshippers also celebrated the unveiling and blessing of a statue of the newly installed saint during a dedication ceremony. Next to the statue is an article of clothing that belonged John Paul II. It is one of two holy relics of John Paul II in the New York Archdiocese.