There was an interval of 138 days between the death of Adeodatus and the
consecration of Donus his successor, an interval filled with remarkably bad
weather. Lightning killed men and beasts, and storms so raged that the
people prayed in daily litanies that the necessary farm work might go on.
Donus was a Roman, the son of Maurice. He had the satisfaction of receiving
the submission of Reparatus, archbishop of Ravenna, who had revolted from
papal control. At Constantinople, however, the Patriarch Theodore showed a
disquieting tendency towards the One Will heresy. Right at home, the Pope
found a colony of Syrian monks, in a monastery called Boethius, who were
Nestorians. Donus broke up the heretical community dispersing the monks
throughout Italy. The Boethius monastery he staffed with Romans.
Donus paved the courtyard of St. Peter's with large marble blocks. He also
restored the Church of St. Euphemia on the Appian Way and another on the
Ostian way the identity of which is obscure.
Donus died in 678 and was buried in St. Peter's, April 11.
Excerpted from "Popes
Through the Ages" by Joseph Brusher, S.J.