BOSTON (WHDH) -
Poland citizens celebrated the canonization of Pope John Paul II on Sunday and thousands of miles away from Europe, they did the same in Boston.
Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in South Boston celebrated the canonization all weekend with a photographic exhibition and a special mass on Sunday.
The exhibition, titled "John Paul II, the Holy Man: To the Ends of the Earth," displayed photographs, quotations and memorabilia which were first put together in 2003 to celebrate the man's 25th anniversary as pope.
"He was a messenger of justice and peace and love. That's what he tried to spread over the world," said Andrzej Pronczuk of the Polish Culture Foundation.
Hundreds gathered at the church, which serves the Polish community, to honor the former pope who changed so many lives.
For Celina Warot, that meeting was extra special. Her grandmother shared with her the stories of growing up in Poland under communist rule.
"No matter what religion, no matter what race, he was all welcoming, to be in his presence. I mean, I met a saint. That's unbelievable," Warot said.
The Polish Amateur Theater also performed a play written by Pope John Paul II called "The Jeweler's Shop."