Independent label: "Welcome!" An original Sung and Spoked Personal Tribute to Pope John Paul II. Composed to commemorate the Holy Father's Official Visit to the United Kingdom, in 1982. Produced by VIP Records, 49 Upper Rock Gardens Brighton, East Sussex BN2 1QF. His Holiness Pope John Paul II Real Name: Karol Józef Wojtyła. His Holiness Pope John Paul II, was born Karol Józef Wojtyła on May 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He would go on to reign as Pope of the "Roman Catholic Church" from October 16, 1978, until his death more than 26 years later on April 2, 2005. The first Polish Pope to date, his pontificate was the second-longest in modern times. Distributed By.