Who Was St Valentine?
In 496 CE, when Pope Gelasius I established this day, it was unclear to whom was he referring? With the ancient records being scant and incomplete, it becomes more difficult to find a person behind this day.
However 3 options stand out:
First a man named Valentine who was martyred in the Roman province of Africa. Except this, nothing else is known about this man.
There was another candidate named Valentine who in 197 CE became the bishop of Interamna. According to the facts presented, he was martyred during persecution of the Roman emperor.
Any guesses about the third person? Yes, you guessed it right, his name was also Valentine. He was a priest in Rome who was martyred in 269 CE. This was the time when Roman Emperor was killing people because they were Christians.
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