On Valentine's Day, thoughts turn to love. But the course of true love never did run smooth--even if it seems smoother now than ever.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, at least three different St. Valentines are mentioned in the church's martyrologies for Feb. 14. One popular story about Valentine concerns the Third century Roman Emperor Claudius II, who decreed that young men had to stay single, to increase their suitability for military service. Valentine, a priest, continued to marry young people, until he was caught and executed.