Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone offered the following statement on Friday:
"This is a day of great joy for the entire Catholic Church. By approving the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII, Pope Francis has recognized the selfless contributions of two holy men who shepherded the Church during very different, very important times.
"John XXIII's leadership during the Second Vatican Council, combined with John Paul II's guidance as the Church truly became global, his call to the New Evangelization, outreach to inactive Catholics and transformation of the culture, all worked to inspire countless people to witness their faith and work to better the lives of others.
"It is my prayer and hope that these modern day saints will inspire people, especially the young, to faithfully serve the Church and all of mankind."