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 St 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.

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  1. 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 !

    • 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.

      • 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.

    • I do believe his body has been preserved through outside means. Fairly certain I have read Padre Pio isn’t naturally incorrupt.

      • At the moment his body was found, it was partially incorrupt, he hadn’t a nouse and part of his skull was exposed, also his hands and feet weren’t in the best of shapes. However, there wasn’t any bad scent at all.

        • I eas there in foggia last month the body of padre pio was like he only died just like yesterday seems like truly sleeping even thoutgh that he diied and buried in 1969 , God is truly amazing

    • There were two councils convened by Popes in Vatican City. (This is why they are called Vatican Councils.) The first was during the late 1860s. War was raging throughout Europe and military advances were being made throughout Italy threatening both Rome and Vatican City. The bishops from around the world realized they would soon be trapped and unable to return to their homelands if they stayed so fled before the council could be formally adjourned. It was at this First Vatican Counvil ( Vatican I), that the doctrine of papal infallibility was defined. In 1960, Pope John XXIII convened a second Vatican Council (Vatican II) to bring in some ‘fresh air’ or aggiornamento. The first order of business was for him to formally adjourn Vatican I so the ensuing council could begin it’s work. Pope Paul VI continued the work begun by Pope John XXIII and closed the council some years later.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

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

  8. Pray, for us all!! We are all in need of salvation & praise…let all these great saints..give us inspiration & great faith!!

  9. St. John XXiii is incorrupt. I saw his body when he was cannonized in Rome at the.vatican. The tomb of st. JP2 is also at the Vatican but he has not been exhumed as yet

  10. Our Father in heaven.. please forgive us our sins, please accrpt us into your kingdom! This prayer is for all living sinners including me.. please in the name of Jesus Christ.. Amen!

  11. All the Saints in Heaven,thanks for your guidance and protection towards me and my family.Let your light shine forth upon the life of my father and grant him long life and Grace,I pray there.????????????????

  12. Holy saints we continue to ask for your prayers and blessings. Bless everyone who is greatly in need of help Amen.

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