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The Incorrupts; Saints whose bodies did not decay after death

The Roman Catholic Church has recorded throughout history, Saints whose bodies did not decay after death, the body of such saints are said to be incorrupt. It is most times put inside a church altar with a glass front so that it can be seen. Here is a list of some Saints with incorrupt body:

St Bernadette of Lourdes

Died 1879



Bernadette Soubirous was born in Lourdes, France. She reported eighteen apparitions of “a Lady." From February to July 1858, Despite initial doubts from the Roman Catholic Church, these claims were thoroughly investigated and later declared to be worthy of belief. After she died, her body did not decay, it “remained incorruptible", and the shrine at Lourdes became a popular site for pilgrimage, attracting millions of Catholics each year.

St John Vianney

Died 1859


St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney was born on May 8, 1786, he was a French parish priest who later became a Catholic saint and the patron saint of parish priests. He is most times referred to, even in English, as the “Curé d’Ars" (the parish priest of the village of Ars). He became famous for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish due to the total spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. He died on August 4, 1859.

St Teresa Margaret

Died 1770



St. Teresa Margaret was born on July 15th 1747. In March 19, 1934, Pope Pius XI canonized Blessed Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart. The new saint is almost unknown outside of the Carmelite Order. Her life was quiet and hidden. She died on March 7, 1770 at the age of 22, having spent five years in the Carmelite monastery in Florence. She performed no attention-getting deeds, nor did her reputation reach the wider world having lived in silence and virtue.

St Vincent de Paul

Died 1660



Saint Vincent de Paul was born April 24, 1581. He studied humanities at Dax with the Cordeliers and graduated in theology at Toulouse. He was ordained in 1600, remaining in Toulouse until he went to Marseille for an inheritance. Returning from Marseille, he was captured by Turkish pirates, and sold into slavery. After converting his owner to Christianity, Vincent de Paul was set free in 1607. He then returned to France and served as a parish priest near Paris. In 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



Not much is known about Saint Silvan except that he was martyred. Considering his body is over 1,600 years old, it is remarkably preserved.

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 baptismal name is 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 when she uttered her first words to scold a Shopman who was serving a false measure of oil, saying clearly: “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 also as part of her penance. She 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 prayed a considerable part of the time while others slept.

St John Bosco

Died 1888


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

Blessed Pope Pius IX

Died 1878



Pope Pius IX was born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti on May 13th, 1792. He reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from his election in June 16, 1846, until his death, 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. He died on February 7th, 1878.

Pope John XXIII

Died 1963



Pope Saint John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes PP. XXIII; Italian: Giovanni XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli on November 25th, 1881. He 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 its 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 honor. He was canonized by Pope Francis alongside Pope John Paul II on 27th April 2014.



  1. Malerotholi Reply

    Saints of God, Pray for us!

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  2. Cathy Reply

    St Bernadettes feast day is April 16…… I didn’t realized Pope John ziti was inconruptable ,that is profound statement by God for the negativity written about this pope !

  3. Henry Harmison Reply

    To all of these Saints, I hope to rejoice with you some day soon.

    1. Erek Reply

      I saw his body in Goa. It isn’t a miracle. They have been preserving it unnaturally to better gain donations for the church his body is being displayed in. His body looks rotten and is being preserved artificially. St. Francis Xavier’s body being magically preserved in a MYTH. If anyone doesn’t believe me, go to Goa and see for yourselves.

      1. Newton Reply

        Hi Erek,

        I completely disagree with you. Just for your info, the glass casket containing the body of St Francis is airtight and has been sealed shut for many years now. The body has deteriorated because up until a couple of years ago, there was no casket and the body was open for anyone to touch. When a body is left exposed to various elements, there is bound to be some degradation.

  4. cristiansapiano Reply

    I don’t know why St Padre Pio of Pietralcina was not mentioned. I saw his body 2 years ago.

  5. Kanamwangi Henry Reply

    Our Saints intercede in my needs and wants

  6. Franklin Reply

    What does the church mean when they say first Vatican and second Vatican?

  7. Chris Reply

    May all the saints pray for us and the whole world.

  8. okwuchukwu6402( Reply

    Dearly beloved saint’s, intercede for us.

  9. Susan Marcum Reply

    Extremely interesting. Is there a current book with photos about our saints whose bodies are incorruptible?
    What about St.Faustina and St. Pio, St John Paul II and Lucy from Fatima?
    Thank you!

    1. Kathleen Wells Reply

      Jacinta and Fransceco are incorrupt. Sister Lucy has not been exhumed.

  10. Harriet lumonya Reply

    Loving saints intercede for us.

  11. joseph johnson Reply

    all saints i need your help to do gods will .save soles

  12. Patricia Taylor Reply

    I am so proud that so many new saints have lived in my lifetime and I put my faith in them to ask our Lord Jesus Christ to help my family ,friends,and myself when in need of help Amen

  13. prisca Reply

    Pray for me oh saints of God.. amen

  14. Akoaki Eritane Reply

    May all the saints pray for the need of all people who are sinners on earth pray for us Amen

  15. Batholomew Eze Reply

    I wish I could has the desire to be admitted in the company of the saints of God

    1. Anna Cook Reply

      Everyone is called to be a saint, you still hae a chance!😊😊

  16. Nwafor Calista Reply

    Intercede for us especially our country Nigeria

  17. Edith Reply

    I thank God and the Catholic press to show the incurruptable bodies of our saints in the Facebook. I could see them and read about them.Great are the wonders of God.

  18. Gabriel Hevor Reply

    Saints of God, pray for me and my family so that we can excel in all that we do.

  19. Anagbogu Nonso Emmanuel Reply

    My lord and my God help dearest saints intercede for me and my family.

  20. fredrick entuah Reply

    o my heavenly father thank you for what you have done and what you are going to do,help us too to be more like the saint so that we can inherit the kingdom of heaven

  21. paul emmanuel chong Reply

    All the saints of god prays for us and protect us every night and heal all deseases

  22. sebastine Reply

    all our angels and patron saints ….pray for us

  23. rosa orina Reply

    Loving saints pray for us and the whole world….Amen!

  24. joseph johnson Reply

    please all saints intercede for me .help me guide me to do the will of god .help me to carry my cross,Jesus Mary and Joseph help me.

  25. Bon pati Reply

    Saint Bernadette of Lourdes and all the saints please pray for us, intercede for us. Amen!

  26. Nweze Kenechukwu Josemaria Reply

    Saints of God, intercede for us.

  27. Christiana Ngozi Reply

    Great Saints of God, Intercede For Us All… Amen

  28. susan bisong taiwo Reply

    All the Saints of God pray and intercede for us and the world for peace to reign in our hearts, Amen.

  29. Sylvia ijeoma Reply

    May all the saints intercede for all that love GOD in the world.

  30. Ken Reply

    Thank you saints in heaven for your assistance in my family

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