Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pope Valentine of Rome

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The 99th successor of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, was Pope Valentine of Rome, who was born in Rome{1} to Leontius of the Via Lata.{2} His upper-class{3} parents raised him devoutly,{4} and Valentine started serving the Church at a young age.{5} Pope St. Paschal I, noting his sanctity,{6} ordained him and took him into the papal palace,{7} and made Valentine archdeacon of the Roman diaconate.{8} The clergy, nobility, and general populace of Rome unanimously elected him pope at the Lateran{9} and, after finding him praying inside the church of St. Mary Major,{10} consecrated him bishop and enthroned him as pope at St. Peter's.{11} While pope, Valentine was renowned for his liberality, clemency, and piety.{12} Nothing else is known of what he did as pope.{13} After reigning from August 827 to September 827,{14} he reposed in the Lord at Rome{15} and was buried in the Vatican.{16}

O righteous pontiff Valentine of Rome, from your youth God raised you up to be His faithful servant. Pray for us, now and at the hour of our death, that we may lead a graceful life like you did and one day meet you in the choir of the saints. Amen. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Notes & References
{1} Mulholland, M. A. "Valentine, Pope." New Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 14. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale, 2003. p. 371. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Gale. Fordham University Libraries. 3 Dec. 2009.
{2} "Valentine." The Oxford Dictionary of Popes. J. N. D. Kelly. with new material by Michael Walsh. Oxford University Press, 2006. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Fordham University. 30 December 2009 <http://www.oxfordreference.com/views/ENTRY.html?subview=Main&entry=t99.e112>
{3} Ibid.
{4} Mulholland, loc. cit.
{5} Kirsch, Johann Peter. "Pope Valentine." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 9 Dec. 2009 <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15254b.htm>.
{6} Ibid.
{7} Ibid.
{8} Ibid.
{9} Ibid.
{10} Mulholland, loc. cit.
{11} Ibid.
{12} Ibid.
{13} Kelly, loc. cit.
{14} Mulholland, loc. cit.
{15} Ibid.
{16} Ibid.

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