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A young man prays during a novena in 2010 at The Catholic University of America in Washington (CNS)

The novena is designed to help Catholic Americans choose who to vote for according to their conscience

St Valentine is the patron of love, young people and happy marriages (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The bishops of England and Wales have encouraged single Catholics to pray to St Valentine

A detail from Saint Joseph and the Christ Child by Guido Reni (CNS)

St Teresa had a neat explanation as to why St Joseph, whose novena starts today, is so successful in answering our prayers

Novena for Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain starts

Prayers for the success of the Pope’s visit begin in parishes across England and Wales today