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Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome (when helping them was considered a crime), Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner — until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith in effectual, commended him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270.
In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.
Source: Catholic Online
Thanks to St. Valentine’s martyrdom, we dedicate a day to love. Happy Valentine’s day y’all. Indeed the sweetest day.