7 Incredible incorrupt saints

By July 10, 2018Articles
7 Incredible incorrupt saints

The bodies of these holy men and women have been miraculously preserved after their deaths.

Typically, after death a human body decomposes and returns to “dust.” This is the natural course of events on earth, but on occasion this does not always happen the way it should.

In fact, there are numerous instances where the body of a saintly individual will be found “incorrupt,” with limited or no sign of decomposition. In these cases nature has been “suspended” and the supernatural takes over.

The Catholic Church has recognized that on rare occasions certain bodies of saints have not suffered the process of decomposition. This is deemed a miraculous event and is most dramatic in cases where the saint has been buried for decades or centuries and their body remains fully intact. A saint’s body is always investigated before they are canonized and even though the ultimate decision to canonize someone does not rest on incorruptibility, it certainly helps the cause.

According to Father William Saunders, this incorruptibility “remains a sign of the holiness of the life of the individual” and “is indicative of the person’s mortal remains being prepared for the glorious resurrection of the body.”

Here are seven such saints (including the remarkable Blessed Imelda Lambertini) whose physical bodies remain fully or partially intact, defying the natural order of this world.

Joaquina Vedruna de Mas Incorrupt

St. Joaquina Vedruna de Mas (1783-1854). After more than 150 years, her body continues to be miraculously preserved from natural decomposition.

Imelda Lambertini Incorrupt

Bl. Imelda Lambertini (1322-1333) The body of this blessed, who died at age 11, is believed by many to be incorrupt.


St. John Vianney (1786-1859) Found entirely incorrupt in 1904, his body now wears a wax face mask.

Angela Merici Incorrupt

St. Angela Merici (1474-1540) Her body remains remarkably preserved today, though dark in color.

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Incorrupt

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779-1865) Found whole and entirely incorrupt in 1908, her body is now displayed with a silver mask covering her face and hands.

Camillus de Lellis Incorrupt

St. Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614) Found fully incorrupt decades after his death, his remains were badly damaged by a flood. A few fully preserved relics remain.


St. Rita of Cascia (1381-1457) Her body is still miraculously preserved, with some discoloration of the skin over the centuries.

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