Son of Bonus. Sent by Pope Saint Gregory I as papal nuncio to Constantinople in 593; he returned to Rome in 597. Chosen 65th pope in 604. His pontificate was disturbed by a threatened invasion of the Lombards, and by a famine in Rome. The famine led to great ill will as he sold Vatican grain stores instead of giving them away as Pope Saint Gregory had done; legend says that Gregory would appear to him in visions and berate him for his lack of charity. Some sources say he started the tradition of ringing bells at the canonical hours, and during the celebration of the Eucharist.
- in Blera (Bieda), Italy