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February 2001 musings on the church calendar from one who seldom doubts Whenever February reappears, what is the first date that jumps into your mind? Might it be February 14th, St. Valentine’s Day? That is a date celebrated by all romantics for centuries, but what do we know of this Saint Valentine? I tried to research this subject with pretty sparse results. Here is what little I have been able to find: According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were apparently as many as three “Saint” Valentines, each a martyr. They appear to have been a priest of ancient Rome, a bishop of Interamna (now known as Ternia) and a third person, the last one martyred along with others in Africa. According t