A story published today in Zomata reports that Italian
singles, tired of being in the shadows for St. Valentine's day celebrations,
have proclaimed their own saint and feast day. Feb. 15 has been named San
Faustino Single Pride day, a day of awareness of the 'status single' with a
special focus on the problems and discrimination faced by people who are not
"Everyone could use a saint to watch over them," says president Annalisa
Fattori. Fattori started the association based in
Milan with three friends. "And not a few people have come out of sticky
emotional situations thanks to the help of this beacon of singledom."
They couldn't have picked a better representative: San Faustino, though not
widely known, was a combative martyr who became a saint along with best
friend San Giovita.
Both belonged to wealthy pagan families, became knights and were converted
during a battle in Roman times. They went into martyrdom together, placating
the fierce animals meant to kill them, putting out the bonfire meant to burn
them and weathering a storm at sea when sent to prison in Naples.
Co-patrons of the Northern Italian city of Brescia, they are credited, among
other things, with liberating the city from Visconti troops through an
apparition in 1438.
Today's singles in Italy
are fighting prejudice and issues like access to low-income housing, the
right to adopt children and higher trash tax, according to the association.
Over one-fifth, 23.3% of the Italian population, is made up of singles and
single-parent families. During celebrations, the association will elect a
"Single of the Year."