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What is Incorruptibility? Here’s What You Need to Know

Filippo MonteforteA woman touches the glass protecting the exhumed body of mystic saint Padre Pio in the Catholic church of San Lorenzo fuori le Mura (St Lawrence outside the walls) in Rome on February 4, 2016.

A common objection to incorruptibility is the idea that the body either must have been deliberately preserved, a practice since ancient times, or that the conditions of the grave or tomb allowed for natural preservation.