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Incorrupt Bodies of the Saints
Certain Saints, at the time of their death or many years later after they were exhumed, were found to be incorruptable. That is to say, their bodies did not decompose. There are more than 250 incorrupt bodies of Catholic saints.
Icon of Saint Clare courtesy of www.MonasteryIcons.com
Saint Agatha - Her body was discovered incorrupt in the eleventh century. Parts of her incorrupt body are still in existence today. According to variations of her legend, having rejected the amorous advances of a Roman prefect, she was persecuted by him for her Christian faith. Among the tortures she underwent was the cutting off of her breasts. She is therefore often depicted iconographically carrying her excised breasts on a platter. The shape of her amputated breasts gave rise to her attribute as patron saint of bell-founders. More recently she is venerated as patron saint of breast cancer patients. Her scorned admirer eventually sentenced her to death by being burnt at the stake. However, she was saved from this fate by a mysterious earthquake. She later died in prison. Name Meaning good
Saint Agatha (Unknown - 251 A.D.)
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2 of 11 9/20/2011 3:34 PM . at Rome and her body was discovered incorrupt in 1599. Saint Bernadette Soubirous (1844 . This sacred relic was placed in a coffin of gold and glass and can be viewed in the Chapel of Saint Bernadette at the motherhouse in Nevers (France). The statue is a copy of the famous work by Stefano Maderno (1566-1636). The body of the Venerable was found in the same state of preservation as 10 years earlier.marypages. She died about 177 A. On September 2. carried out in 1599.1879) Saint Cecilia . 1909.1876) The body of Saint Bernadette Soubirous was first exhumed 30 years after her death.Incorrupt Bodies http://www.htm Saint Catherine Laboure died on 31st December 1876. in Paris and she still looks as though she only died yesterday! Saint Catherine Laboure (1806 . patroness of church music. is known to be the first saint to be incorrupt. Her arms and face were completly unaffected from corruption and had maintained their natural skin tone.com/IncorruptBodies.The year of her birth is unknown. The second exhumation took place at the end of the Process on April 3.D. The body was found in the position represented by the sculptor. 1919. When her body was exhumed 56 years later it was unblemished. Catherine Laboure is still lying in state at the right of the altar in the chapel Rue du Bac 140. Her eyes were as blue as the day she died. Virgin and martyr. when there took place the recognition of her relics.
1253) The body of Saint Maria Goretti is interred in the church of Our Lady of Mercy in Nettuno (Italy). Her incorrupt body is there and she is absolutely beautiful.marypages. in the crypt at Santa Chiara.) Poem Blessed Cecilia. the saint's bones were transferred. appear and inspire: Translated Daughter.1902) Saint Etheldreda (also known as Audrey. The tomb of Saint Clare of Assisi was found in 1850. Saint Maria Goretti (1890 . 1872.com/IncorruptBodies. with much pomp. to the shrine.Incorrupt Bodies http://www. afterwards Leo XIII.htm Saint Cecilia (Unknown .D. but the skeleton was in a perfect state of preservation. and where they may now be seen. Edeltrude) 3 of 11 9/20/2011 3:34 PM . the flesh and clothing of the saint had been reduced to dust. Saint Clare of Assisi (1194 . Finally. On 23 September in that year the coffin was unearthed and opened. by Archbishop Pecci. Ethelreda. Edilthride. appear in visions To all musicians.177 A. Æthelthryth. Ediltrudis. on the 29th of September. erected to receive them. come down and startle Composing mortals with immortal fire.
found at Grantchester and reburied. St. where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world. 17 years after her death her body was found to be incorrupt. some 400 years later. on a tour of the cathedral. Suffolk .Rita was beatified by pope Urban VIII in 1627 and canonized on May 24. An apocryphal story relates how the present Queen. 1457. Italy. 4 of 11 9/20/2011 3:34 PM .Died: 23rd June AD 679 at Ely Abbey. Her symbol is the rose petal. which she shares with St Therese of Lisieux.Incorrupt Bodies http://www. At the Reformation. Cambridgeshire She was the daughter of King Anna of East Anglia and Queen Hereswide of England.Died in 1859 and was exhumed and found incorrupt in 1904. She asked him if it wouldn’t be a ‘nice gesture’ to return the hand of St Etheldreda to the cathedral. the saintly Queen Etheldreda’s hand was preserved by a devout Catholic family. Queen of Northumbria. When her shrine at Ely Cathedral was destroyed. as well as eyes have opened and closed unaided. a remote French hamlet. when a little Catholic Church was re-established in Ely. It is also publicly known that her body has been seen in different positions in the glass case.679) St. The incorrupt body of this “patron saint of hopeless cases” can be seen at the Basilica of St Rita in Cascia. 1900 by Pope Leo XIII.marypages. he replied that it would be a nice gesture for her to return the cathedral to the Catholic church. Saint Etheldreda (630 . Abbess of Ely Born: AD 630 at Exning. all their shrines were destroyed and the incorrupt body parts dispersed. met the crusty Irish priest of the little Catholic Church. The still incorrupt hand was enshrined.htm Queen of South Gyrwe. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. His life was one of extreme mortification. His body is on display above the main altar in the Basilica at Ars in France. Saint John Vianney (1786 1859) Rita of Cascia died on May 22. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney (Cure' of Ars) . Three years later he was made parish priest of Ars. The linen cloths in which her body was wrapped were as fresh as the day she had been buried.com/IncorruptBodies. Her body was placed in a stone sarcophagus of Roman origin.
to a request she made of one of her sisters to whom she appeared in a vision in 1500. but this was never realized. They brought him to the island of Sancian. was born as Francisco de Jasso y Azpilcueta. on December 2. Feastday: March 9 .1457) Saint Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463) . Catherine became seriously ill.1463) Saint Francis Xavier. in Navarre (Spain). at age 46. where he died after 2 weeks. 1552.Incorrupt Bodies http://www. without having reached mainland China.Patroness of Artist.marypages.htm Rita of Cascia (1381 . also known as Apostle to the Far East. and she died on March 9. In that shrine.com/IncorruptBodies. 1506 in the Castle of Xavier at Javier. She was canonized in 1712 by Pope Benedict XIII. The flesh has grown dark. her body was exhumed eighteen days later because of cures attributed to her and also because of the sweet scent coming from her grave. her body is not recumbent but seated! This was in response. but that may well have been because of the heat and soot of the candles that were burned for years around her exposed remains. In Lent of 1463. on April 7th. Buried without a coffin. He fell ill of a fever within te sight of Canton. His dream was evangelizing China. Saint Catherine of Bologna (1413 . it is said. He was buried in Sancian island in a wooden coffin as they used to do in China.Also known as Catherine de Virgi. near Sanguesa. 5 of 11 9/20/2011 3:34 PM . Her body is later enshrined in the chapel of the Poor Clares at Bologna.
When she died. Please see his page: http://avemaria. Take courage. And a sweet fragrance is said to have issued from the coffin. the people had their way. 1609 by Pope Paul V and awaits canonization as a Saint. After replacing the lime. but her body was preserved.1320) 6 of 11 9/20/2011 3:34 PM . Francis Xavier was beatified 25 October 1619 by Pope Paul V and canonized 12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV. The priest protested. Xavier's body was shipped to Goa. God has given to us an illustration of how handicapped persons fit in with His eternal plan.marypages. Two layers of quicklime were added in order to accelerate the process of corruption. More than 200 miracles have been credited to her intercession after her death. which would facilitate the transference of his bones. they found the body totally incorrupt. the coffin was sailed to Malacca. 1637. for his permission to use two pictures. please see: http://www. To the surprise of all present. having resisted extensive decay.org/ Blessed Margaret of Castello (1287 . the townspeople thronged to her funeral and demanded that “the saint” be buried in a tomb inside the church. She died on April 13. also known as: Margaret of Citta-di-Castello. For the whole story. She was beatified on October 19. On arrival it was opened and the body was still found to have the freshness of a living person.marypages. after the lime had been removed. His memorial is: 3 December Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) Blessed Margaret of Castello. Margaret of Metola. The body. but when a crippled girl was miraculously cured at the funeral.Incorrupt Bodies http://www.htm With thanks to the webmaster of the Webpage "Avé Maria". is now in the Basilica of Bom Jésus in Goa. God loves you doubly! Till today the body of Blessed Margaret is still incorrupt. the coffin was unearthed. 1553. Thus the daughter that nobody wanted is one of the glories of the Church.htm On December 11. Two and a half months later. then. you who are handicapped. Her clothes were also rotten. her remains were transferred because her coffin was rotten.com/IncorruptBodies. 1320 at the age of 33. In 1558.com/MargaretofCastello. The body was then buried this time without a coffin. where it was placed in a glass container encased in a silver casket on December 2. as if it were still alive.
About fifty years after she died. and each time found sweet-smelling. hands. but he refused because he wanted to pursue a 7 of 11 9/20/2011 3:34 PM . Pope Pius II canonized Catherine in 1461. and was never properly diagnosed.Incorrupt Bodies http://www. Since 1939 she is the patron saint of Italy together with Francis of Assisi. and incorrupt. Further she got the title co-patronship of Europe by John Paul II in 1999. João de Deus (Portuguese) Saint John of God was born Juan Ciudad on March 8th. 1515. The Roving Nun. firm. Her heart. She was a daughter of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda. her body was found to be incorrupt. of poor but very devout Christian parents. Catherine of Siena is one of the very greatest. who was declared a Doctor of the Church on October 4. Saint Catherine of Siëna (1347 . also known as: Theresa of Avila. Of all the spiritual stars. originally from Tordesillas. who was very pleased with him. 1970 by pope Paul VI. Evora. also known as Catharine of Siena . right foot. Spain. a son of a Toledan merchant. 1495 at Montemoro Novo.Memorial: 29 April. Her feast day is 29 April.htm Teresa of Avila. At the age of eight he left home and worked as a shepherd for a farmer. (formerly 30 April) Catherine died on April 29th in 1380 of a mysterious and painful illness that came on without notice. Teresa de Avila. She died in 1582. Portugal.marypages. Her body was exhumed several times after her death. and Doña Beatriz Davila y Ahumada. also known as: Juan de Dios (Spanish). left eye and part of her jaw are on display in various sites around the world. She was Thirty-three years old. right arm.com/IncorruptBodies. In 1866 she became co-patron saint of Rome.1582) Saint Catherine of Siëna. Catherine is the only woman other than Saint Teresa of Avila. Saint Teresa of Avila (1515 . Teresa of Avila was born as Teresa Ali Fatim Corella Sanchez de Capeda y Ahumada in Avila.1380) Saint John of God. on March 28. John had an offer to marry the farmer's daughter and become heir to the property.
It is called "Hospitality" and after five centuries it remains the charism of the Hospitaller Order of St. and Maria d'Olivia. which was built on the ground where Rose lived. Gaspar de Flores. Spain. visitations and voices as they deplored her penitential practices more than ever. Each year the devout make a pilgrimage to the chapel in Santa Rosa de Quives where she lived and worshipped. She would bring them to her home and take care of them. the Order of Brothers formed after the death of St. 15. Saint John of God (1495 . as one of ten children. and was conferred the habit of the third order of Saint Dominic in 1606. By faithfully following his example. Dominic's church. Despite her family’s attempt to have her marry.John of God has passed on John's way of serving for those in need. at the age of 20. She began to tell of visions. Rose took a vow of virginity. his selfless dedication to the sick brought him to be known as "John of God". The relics of the Saint are now conserved in two locations.marypages. She received Holy Communion daily. 1668 by Pope Clement IX and canonized April 2. She took the name of Rose at her confirmation in 1597.1550) Saint Rose of Lima was born on April 20. except for the tip of the nose. 1617 at the age of 31. in the Dominican Church of Santo Domingo.com/IncorruptBodies. In 1570 the fragrant body of the Saint was found entire. Before he died died on 8 March 1550 at Granada. Peru. 1671 by Pope Clement X. her body was burried in the cloister of St. revelations. The relics are kept in a chest of beautiful wood in the Basilica of Saint John of God in Granada. She died August 25. She received from baptisim the name of Isabel Flores de Oliva.htm spiritual life. John of God. She is represented wearing a crown of roses. 1586 at Lima. 8 of 11 9/20/2011 3:34 PM . which gently touched the face of the baby and then vanished. As she had requested. Rose increased the already extreme penances. Saint Rose of Lima was beatified April. and from that day on Maria called her Rose. She helped the sick and hungry around her community. The rest of her relics are kept in the neighbourhoud in a small church. Many miracles followed her death. of a Spaniard.Incorrupt Bodies http://www. At three months old Isabella was in her cradle as her mother and several other women were sitting around it there suddenly appeared in the air a beautiful rose. where it was found in 1630 in a very good condition.
As was customary. he transferred to the Friary of Our Lady of Grace in San Giovanni Rotondo and there he remained. he repeated the words "Gesù. "Maria!" Pio. "I see two mothers" (taken to mean his mother and Mary). He became famous for his stigmata. From the time he was very young. 1968. struggling with ill health.000 pilgrims a day. he was given the name Francesco. which is purported to be incorrupt. Till the end. Mary). he breathed his last in his cell in San Giovanni Rotondo with his last breath whispering. he said. As we can see from these shots. Maria" (Jesus. At around 2:30am. though he did not have the strength to say the Hail Marys aloud. In 1916.m. Italy. Early in the morning of September 23. Italy. Padre Pio made his last confession and renewed his Franciscan vows." Padre Pio was born in Pietralcina.Incorrupt Bodies http://www. Take a look: 9 of 11 9/20/2011 3:34 PM . His dream to join the Catholic Capuchin Order of Friars Minor was realized in 1903 when he was admitted at the Friary of Morcone in the Province of Foggia.marypages. 1887. At 2:30 a. The body was exhumed in early March 2008 and since its exhumation has been viewed by over 7. after a brother who died shortly after birth. it was his desire to join the Monks at the Monastery who "wore the beard". the body is obviously in a remarkable state of preservation. This humble Capuchin Priest from San Giovanni Rotondo. The 4th child of Grazio Maria Forgione and Maria Giuseppa De Nunzio.com/IncorruptBodies. he had his rosary in his hands. on May 25.1617) Feastday: September 23 Padre Pio said: "Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. was blessed by God in many wonderful and mysterious ways.htm Saint Rose of Lima (1586 .
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