St. Valentine: How a beheaded martyr became the poster child for romantic love

Chicago, Ill., Feb 9, 2020 / 04:26 pm (CNA).- In most stores in the weeks leading up to St. Valentine’s day, you’re likely to find a plethora of pink and red cards, heart-shaped boxes of Russell Stover chocolates, and decor with nearly-naked chubby cherubs shooting hearts with bows and arrows.

It’s a far cry from the real Saint Valentine, an early Christian martyr who was bludgeoned and beheaded for his faith.

It’s also a far cry from an early Roman fertility ritual also celebrated on February 14, where men ran through the streets slapping women with the flesh of recently-sacrificed animals.

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Edmonton Catholic Schools mourns passing of beloved superintendent Joan Carr

Joan Carr, a nationally respected superintendent and passionate advocate for Catholic education, has died of cancer, the Edmonton Catholic School Division announced Sunday.

Joan Carr had served as superintendent of Edmonton Catholic Schools since 2006.Photo courtesy of ECS

Carr had served with Edmonton Catholic Schools for 45 years. In 2006 she was appointed superintendent, a position in which she was responsible for over 4,200 employees and 44,000 students in 95 Catholic schools. In that role, she was known as an educational innovator and forged community partnerships with groups ranging from Indigenous Elders to trade unions to the Edmonton Public Library and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

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