- P. Claudio
Saint Valentine, was a priest of the third century, who put his life at risk to unite couples in marriage when Christianity was prohibited in the Roman Empire. He challenged Emperor Claudius II who considered childless man to be better soldiers. Saint Valentine married the soldiers with their fiancées in the dungeons of the prisons of the Empire.
The emperor ordered his capture and then ordered him to be beheaded since he too refused to renounce Christianity. For this reason he is often associated with the love of young couples.
Pope Gelasius I (at the end of the 5th century) established February 14 to honor the holy martyr and he is venerated as patron saint of lovers.
Let us ask God that we know how to work and promote, among young people, Christian values and principles that are solid foundations for united families and holy marriages.