Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland was the religious leader of the Catholic church, from 1978 until his death in 2005. He made his first appearance in the Season Four episode, “Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?”.
Pope John Paul II made his first official appearance in South Park during the episode “Do the Handicapped Go to Hell?”. In the episode he receives a phone call from Sister Ann of the South Park Church after growing concerned about the messages Father Maxi is delivering to their congregation. When Father Maxi states that handicapped people like Timmy Burch, who are incapable of speaking normally, will go to hell due to being unable to confess his sins, the Sister decides to ask the Pope's opinion. Unfortunately, the Pope is far too old, decrepit, and mentally vacant to answer the question and instead muttered half-phrases and blowing raspberries.
His next, and final, appearance was in “Red Hot Catholic Love”. Father Maxi, growing concerned about the shocking number of pedophile priests molesting children in the states, rushes to Vatican City in the hopes of getting the international priests to help him put a stop to it. When he arrives however, he is shocked to learn that the entire Catholic faith believes that molesting children is acceptable, as it is not expressly forbidden in Vatican Law. When the father tries to get this changed, Pope John Paul, who is still feeble and ancient, in his own weak way declares that Vatican Law cannot be changed before asking the supreme being, “The Great Queen Spider”. In “Bloody Mary”, when the news teller mentions "newly elected" Pope Benedict XVI, it means that Pope John Paul had died a few weeks prior.
- Pope John Paul II is one of the few Celebrities who died, but did not perform a resurrection during the episode “200”.
- Pope John Paul II's birth name is Karol Józef Wojtyła.
- Pope John Paul II received the title of Saint John Paul II on April 27, 2014.