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athgarvan

Happy Valentine's Day to All!

The saint officially recognised by the Roman Catholic Church was a real person who died around AD 270. An account from 1400s describes Valentine as a priest who was beheaded by Emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed. The emperor had banned marriage as he thought single men made better soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair so he celebrated marriages in secret. When the emperor found out he was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.

There's so much confusion around St Valentine that the Church stopped veneration of him in 1969 - though he is still listed as an official saint.

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