This coming September an international colloquium in Vatican City will consider how men and women become “one flesh” in marriage, and examine the “language of the body” from Christian perspectives. The Vatican City-based Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is hosting the Sept. 20-21 colloquium, titled “‘One flesh: the Language of the Body and the Conjugal Union.” The colloquium’s title draws from Pope Benedict XVI’s May 13, 2011 address to the institute in which he reflected on the creation of Adam and Eve.
“The flesh received from God is required to make possible the union of love between man and woman and transmit life,” he said. “Before the Fall the bodies of Adam and Eve appear in perfect harmony. There is a language in them that they did not create, an eros rooted in their nature which invites them to receive one another reciprocally from the Creator, so as to be able to give themselves.”