Religion Bulletin: Claudius condemns St. Valentine for performing street marriages

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RELIGIOUS EVENTS IN HISTORY

According to tradition, St. Valentine is beheaded along the Flaminian Way in Rome on Feb. 14, 270.

On Feb. 14, 270, according to tradition, St. Valentine is beheaded along the Flaminian Way in Rome. Valentine was a clergyman in central Italy during the reign of Claudius II and was known for aiding persecuted Christians. Tradition states that Valentine was arrested and imprisoned after being caught marrying Christian couples and helping other Christians who were being persecuted by Claudius. Seeking to more easily recruit soldiers, Claudius removed family ties by forbidding marriage, but Valentine ignored the order and performed street marriages. Valentine was then brought before Claudius, and although the emperor took a liking to Valentine at first, Claudius later condemned him to death for trying to convert Claudius to Christianity. St. Valentine later became associated with a tradition of courtly love and Feb. 14 has been observed as the Feast of Saint Valentine since 496.

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RELIGION CALENDAR

Feb. 12: Triodion (Orthodox Christian)

Feb. 12: Chinese New Year (Chinese traditional)

Feb. 14: St. Valentine’s Day (Christian)

Feb. 14: Transfiguration Sunday (Christian)

Feb. 15: Nirvana Day (Buddhist - Jain)

Feb. 16: Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

Feb. 16: Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

Feb. 17: Lent begins (Christian)

Feb. 21: Trillion begins (Orthodox Christian)

Feb. 26: Purim (Jewish)

March 1: St. David of Wales (Christian)

March 2-20: Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i)

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

Togo

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Togo is:

- Christian: 43.7%

- Folk: 35.6%

- Muslim: 14%

- Hindu: 0.1%

- Buddhist: 0.1%

- Jewish: 0.1%

- Other: 0.5%

- None: 6.2%

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