While today is definitely what you'd call a "Hallmark Holiday," with dating and married couples trying to outdo last year's extravagance, and sulking singles lamenting their fate, there is another reason to celebrate today. He's definitely a man of mystery (there were more than one), but the historical record backs him up. From Catholic.org:
The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Other historians hold that St. Valentine was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.
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