Pope Saint John Paul II, born Karol Józef Wojtyła (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) reigned as the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 until his death, almost 27 years later, making his the second-longest pontificate. He was the first Polish pope, and was the first non-Italian pope since the Dutch Adrian VI in the 1520s. He was arguably one of the most influential political and religious leaders of the late 20th Century. He was canonized on 27 April 2014.
Like his predecessors stretching back to St. Peter, John Paul II was fed upon by Jesus, who'd actually become a vampire shortly after his crucifixion, and was imprisoned in St. Peter's Basilica. John Paul's long reign made Jesus think he might have given him immortality, and left Jesus particularly ravenous when Pope Benedict XVI was brought before him.
Father Karol Wojtyla preached an impassioned sermon on courage and defiance in a church in Warsaw on Sunday, 26 October 1952, as Poles from around the city gathered to pray for deliverance. As he pounded on the pulpit, he declared "God has made us free souls! What God has made, man has no power to take away from us! Anyone who dares to try will burn in hell forever more!"
The Mass he preached was interrupted when the Red Air Force began an intensive bombing campaign five days before a promised period of amnesty ended. Father Wojtyla encouraged his congregation to flee the church and seek safety. The church building collapsed shortly thereafter; whether Wojtyla survived was unknown.