If a body remains incorruptible after death, in Catholic and Orthodox Christian cultures, it is generally considered to be a sign that the person is a saint, although not every saint has an incorruptible body. According to the Roman Catholic Church, if an embalming procedure or other methods to preserve the deceased have been performed on it, even when best preservation techniques are used, a corpse is not considered incorruptible. Incorruptible saints are totally life-like as if they were just dreaming. Incorruptibility remains an important element in the cycle of canonization in the Orthodox Church. The actual mummification and the unnatural incorruptibility are an important distinction.
When saints are incorruptible, we think of them in a state of perfect preservation. In several instances, incorruptible saints have "lived" for decades in such a way. Yet inevitably the ravages of time damage a body, even a saintly one. While some of the incorruptible saints have become mummies over the years, it's a mystery as to why their bodies remain in one piece. This is hard to explain, to say the least.
Several reports of incorruption are found to be fraudulent. In other instances where there was clearly incorruptibility, it was further protected later by embalming the skin. In the 20th century, the Catholic Church avoided using inappropriate use as a criterion of holiness. In some cases, the Church was not so open to the fraud but to the cases where incorruptible bodies did not honor the faith of the Catholics. Among uncorrupted countries, representatives of other religions are identified. In a person who obviously had not necessarily lived a saintly life at least one case of incorruptibility was discovered. Cardinal Shuster was a nationalist and associate of the Italian Archbishop of Benito Mussolini's dictator. Thirty-one years after his death his body was found to have not decayed. He is the reason that the church is not very keen on saying that somebody is of a holy spirit if they're body is not decomposing. He changed the whole view of things, and even the church itself has been slowly but surely backing away from all these ideas.
We would like to present you with two such stories. Hang on tight to your seats, because you are about to read through something that your mind will try hard to explain, but might fail to do so. We are going to start you off with the story of Saint Bernadette, who unfortunately died very young. However, once her body was dug out something incredible happened. Read on to find out more!