Hundreds of Polish Catholics poured into Edmonton's Holy Rosary Church Sunday afternoon to celebrate the canonization of Pope John Paul II.

Both he and John XXIII were declared saints by Pope Francis today in the first double canonization in church history.

Worshippers in Edmonton laid large, colourful wreaths at the foot of a bronze statue of John Paul II that was erected in celebration of his visit to Edmonton in 1984.

For Angela Kucy, who came to Canada from Poland in the 1970s, it was an emotional day.

"He was Pope for all nations ... but for us as a people, he was Polish and he is Polish, you know? It's something special for us."

Saint John Paul the second was the second-longest serving Pope in modern Catholic history.