DAMIAN (Saint) Bishop (April 12) (8th century) Of noble birth and early distinguished for learning and piety, he was (A.D. 680) consecrated Bishop of Pavia in Lombardy. He strenuously opposed the Monothelites, heretics of the time who taught that in Christ there was no human will. He acted successfully as peacemaker between the Byzantine Emperor and the Lombards, his fellow countrymen. But he is chiefly in honour for his devotedness to the sick and to the poor, to whom he ministered personally in a year of plague. By his kiss he is said to have healed a leper. He went to his reward (A.D. 710), and was buried in his Cathedral.