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Was There a Real St. Valentine?

Valentine's Day presents an opportunity to express feelings of love. Greeting cards and heart-shaped chocolate boxes are traditional gifts, as are red roses.

Most people know how and why Valentine's Day is celebrated, but few may know the person behind the holiday's name.

The Catholic Church recognizes three different martyred individuals with the name Valentine, who each may hold ties to the Valentine's Day celebration.

The name Valentine comes from the Latin "Valentinus," which means "worthy, strong or powerful." The name was a common moniker at the time. It is not known just how many Valent...


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