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Top 10 Incorrupt Corpses

Throughout the years the Roman Catholic Church has found the bodies of some of their saints to be incorrupt. When this happens, the body is often put on display (quite often they are put inside a Church altar with a glass front). This is a list of the most famous incorrupt saints. You can read a much more indepth article with a photo and video gallery of incorrupt corpses here.

St Bernadette of Lourdes
Died 1879

St Bernadette was born Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France. From February to July 1858, she reported eighteen apparitions of “a Lady.” Despite initial skepticism from the Roman Catholic Church, these claims were eventually declared to be worthy of belief after a canonical investigation. After her death, Bernadette’s body remained “incorruptible”, and the shrine at Lourdes went on to become a major site for pilgrimage, attracting millions of Catholics each year.

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St John Vianney
Died 1859

St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney (May 8, 1786 – August 4, 1859) was a French parish priest who became a Catholic saint and the patron saint of parish priests. He is often referred to, even in English, as the “Curé d’Ars” (the parish priest of the village of Ars). He became famous internationally for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish due to the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings.

St Teresa Margaret
Died 1770

n March 19, 1934, Pope Pius XI entered Blessed Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart in the register of saints. In Germany, the new saint is virtually unknown outside of the Carmelite Order. Her life was quiet and hidden. She died on March 7, 1770 at the age of 22, and of this short lifespan, she spent five years in the Carmelite monastery in Florence. She performed no brilliant, attention-getting deeds, nor did her reputation reach the wider world. She spent her life living quietly and with virtue.

St Vincent de Paul
Died 1660

Saint Vincent de Paul studied humanities at Dax with the Cordeliers and he graduated in theology at Toulouse. Vincent de Paul was ordained in 1600, remaining in Toulouse until he went to Marseille for an inheritance. On his way back from Marseille, he was taken captive by Turkish pirates to Tunis, and sold into slavery. After converting his owner to Christianity, Vincent de Paul was freed in 1607. Vincent returned to France and served as priest in a parish near Paris. n 1705 the Superior-General of the Lazarists requested that the process of his canonization might be instituted. On August 13, 1729, Vincent was declared Blessed by Benedict XIII, and canonized by Clement XII on June 16, 1737. In 1885 Leo XIII gave him as patron to the Sisters of Charity.

St Silvan
Died circa 350

There is little known about Saint Silvan except that he was martyred (killed for his faith). Considering his body is over 1,600 years old, it is remarkably preserved.

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St Veronica Giuliani
Died 1727

Saint Veronica Giuliani (Veronica de Julianis) (1660-July 9, 1727) was an Italian mystic. She was born at Mercatello in the Duchy of Urbino. Her parents, Francesco Giuliana and Benedetta Mancini, were both of gentle birth. In baptism she was named Ursula. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, she showed signs of sanctity from an early age. Her legend states that she was only eighteen months old, she uttered her first words to upbraid a shopman who was serving a false measure of oil, saying distinctly: “Do justice, God sees you.”

St Zita
Died 1272

Saint Zita (c. 1212 – 27 April 1272) is the patron saint of maids and domestic servants. She is also appealed to in order to help find lost keys. Zita often said to others that devotion is false if slothful. She considered her work as an employment assigned her by God, and as part of her penance, and obeyed her master and mistress in all things as being placed over her by God. She always rose several hours before the rest of the family and employed in prayer a considerable part of the time which others gave to sleep.

St John Bosco
Died 1888

Saint Don Bosco, born Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, and known in English as John Bosco (August 16, 1815 – January 31, 1888), was an Italian Catholic priest, educator and recognized pedagogue, who put into practice the dogma of his religion, employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment. He placed his works under the protection of Francis de Sales; thus his followers styled themselves the Salesian Society. He is the only Saint with the title “Father and Teacher of Youth”.

Blessed Pope Pius IX
Died 1878

Pope Pius IX (May 13, 1792 – February 7, 1878), born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from his election in June 16, 1846, until his death more than 31 years later in 1878. Pius IX was elected as the candidate of the liberal and moderate wings on the College of Cardinals, following the pontificate of arch-conservative Pope Gregory XVI. Initially sympathetic to democratic and modernizing reforms in Italy and in the Church, Pius became increasingly conservative after he was deposed as the temporal ruler of the Papal States in the events that followed the Revolutions of 1848.

Pope John XXIII
Died 1963

Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes PP. XXIII; Italian: Giovanni XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963), was elected as the 261st Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City on October 28, 1958. He called the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) but did not live to see it to completion, dying on June 3, 1963, two months after the completion of his final encyclical, Pacem in Terris. He was beatified on September 3, 2000, along with Pope Pius IX, the first popes since Pope St. Pius X to receive this honour.

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  • I was raised catholic and although I have to admit I don't find church in Canada to be breathtaking, I visited my aunt in Barçelona and the cathedrals are awe-inspiring. There is an inconceivable feeling that comes over you that truly makes you believe that there is a higher power and you feel closer and connected to God...and then the feeling goes away when you come back! Maybe I'll move back to Europe !

  • There are many new books, including "Christian Mummification" that have a great deal of evidence that all of the so-called incorruptibles have actually been intentionally embalmed by the Church. Why would the Church intentionally mummify people?

  • It should be noted that Nikolaus Rungius, a 17th century Lutheran priest in northern Finland, also lies incorrupt. The story goes that he preached, "If the Gospel of Jesus Christ which I preach is true, my body will not decay until the day of Judgment!" According to custom, after his death, he was buried in a wooden coffin under the church. Every fifty years or so, bones under the church would be moved to make room for more coffins. In his case, his coffin was rotted away -- but he was still lying there! He went through many coffins, but still lies in the Church of St. Michael where his body may still be viewed today. So, this phenomenon may happen to a LLutherans also.

  • Hey, you missed the Patron Saint of all Goans, St Francis Xavier, whose body also exists in a relative state of preservation...after 400+ years in Old Goa, south of Bombay, India.

  • Why is the Catholic Church still up to this time when everyone else has read or heard the Bible about Jesus, that He is the Truth and only way to the Father but still insist on their novena or other feast , worshipping the Creation rather than the Creator Himself. Read your Bibles and you will be set free from these lies ..

    • Saying a novena is not a lie it is a devotion / a prayer. The saints can intercede on our behalf as they are close to God and indeed with God. The focus is God but angels saints and holy souls exist. God bless.

  • How nice it is to be Holy in this corrupted world as a rational being.And today's world needs it very much.the real inner happiness and joy come when a person is settle with God ,world and with himself. Thanks, this is my only prayer.

  • I do have my doubts about much of the claims the church makes abotu who is a saint, and the bodies being incorrupt. I've seen pictures of St. Francis's body, they say he remains incorrupt to this day, but it certainly does not look like it to me. It appears that his body would crumble if t were even slightly touched. The hands and face of St. Bernadette are waxed that is true, I never read where the doctor said her body was mummified, but it did start to turn black after being exposed to the air, they resealed it in an air-tight coffin to prevent that. St. clair's body was nothing but a skelton when they opened her grave, what is displayed is made entirely of wax encasing the skeleton, yet they refer to it as her "incorrupt" body. In England while touring Westminster Cathedral, I saw at least two saints on display. In both instances, the faces were covered with silver metal masks, so it was impossible to see their faces, and the bodies certainly did not look natural as it they were incorrupt. I do believe certain people are saints, and some of these bodies my be genuine, but I do not believe all of them are.

  • Asta, I know it's been years since your post but I also went to Catholic Schools and never heard any teachings of this. I'm 53 and do research with what was unheard of in the mid 70's. I have seen these stories in passing but the wax is curios. I watched "The Song of Bernadette" years ago and many times since. I thought her courage was amazing being "simple minded". I know that's why The Blessed Mother appeared to her. She endured the criticism. I think it's sad that "The Lady" said she could not use the water to heal herself. I know it's Hollywood's take on her story but the basis and miracles are true. I just stumbled upon this website looking for the patron saint of the sick. My husband got sick & died twice while in a coma. He came out of it but the cause is a mystery. In 1988 he was driving between Phoenix & Tucson, Arizona. On a Thur he stopped, had dinner then went up to call his boss. He said he felt sick, like food poisoning. That's the last thing he remembers until he woke from a coma 2 1/2 weeks later. The mystery illness ate all his muscle tissue. He went into the hospital at 185 lbs and left 6 weeks later at 105, yes, 105. He has had pacemakers since. St Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, please pray for the love of my life, Robert. He pushed himself to learn to walk again and progressed slowly until about 5 years ago. He's only 54 and his condition is getting worse, his pain is horrific. He's gone from Doctor to Doctor for 24 years and nobody knows what caused it or what to do. I besiege thee, with your blessing he can find a Doctor or somebody who can help him. Amen