By COMPILED BY DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE STAFF FROM WIRE REPOR
Posted: April 28, 2014 at 5:55 a.m.
Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
A devotee touches to pray at the statue of Roman Catholic Pope John Paul II on display with other relics of the late Pope as well as Pope John XXIII in celebration of their canonization or the elevation to sainthood Sunday, April 27, 2014, at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis declared his two predecessors John XXIII and John Paul II saints on Sunday before hundreds of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. The predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines joins several nations worldwide in the celebration of canonization of the two Popes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
VATICAN CITY — Thousands of Polish pilgrims traveled Sunday to Rome for the canonization ceremony of John Paul II, driven by reverence for a towering historic figure and by national pride.