February 14th. VALENTINE. The Italian St Patron of LOVE, Young People and Happy Marriages
Dear brethren in Christ, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! The entire world today celebrates Valentine’s day as a tribute to human love.
Nevertheless, Valentine is a name of a Roman saint martyr included in the old Roman liturgical calendar (but is still celebrated in some localities) and is considered as the patron of love, young people and happy marriages. Saint Valentine (Latin: Valentinius), officially Saint Valentine of Rome, is a widely recognized third-century Roman saint commemorated on February 14 and associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.
Because so little is known of him, in 1969 the Catholic Church removed his name from the General Roman Calendar, leaving his liturgical celebration to local calendars.
The Catholic Church continues to recognize him as a saint, listing him as such in the February 14 entry in the Roman Martyrology, and authorizing liturgical veneration of him on February 14 in any place where that day is not devoted to some other obligatory celebration in accordance with the rule that on such a day the Mass may be that of any saint listed in the Martyrology for that day.