May 23, 2011

That the body is designed for true love is what gives value to chastity as the virtue that takes seriously the power of the body to communicate something profound, the pope said May 13.

He spoke to participants in a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.

The late pope encouraged the institute to study and promote what has been described as his "theology of the body."

Pope Benedict told the group that by "connecting the theology of the body with the theology of love" they could help Catholics reach a greater understanding about the purpose of their lives.