(RDF) Saturday the 14th marks the great festival for lovers, oddly named for an ancient saint, Valentine.

There really was a St. Valentine and in point of fact it appears there might have been two of them who perished as martyrs for the Christian faith in Roman times. One was a priest who was killed on the Flaminian Way in Rome under the persecutions of Claudius II around A.D. 269, and a better known Valentine was the Bishop of Terni who was arrested, taken to Rome and martyred there. In both martyrdoms, the relics of the saint(s) were taken back to Terni for the veneration of the faithful. Many historians believe that these two accounts may simply be different versions of the same unfortunate clergyman's slaughter. -- Read more

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