Incorruptibility is the quality of a body that does not decompose after death. A body cannot be incorruptible if it has undergone any embalming. Often, a sweet smell can be detected. St Bernaette Soubrois was a shepherd girl in Lourdes, France, gathering firewood when she reported visions of "a lady". At the sight of the visions, a hard and dry place, a spring sprang up with water that had miraculous healing properties. Now a famous pilgrimage site for the sick, Lourdes receives over a million visitors a year. While many thousands of miraculous cures have been claimed, only 66 have been confirmed after rigorous proof that the cure is inexplicable scientifically. Where scientists are looking for God. St. Bernadette died in 1879 and was canonized a saint in 1933. Her body was exhumed in 1909 and fount incorruptible. It was exhumed again in 1919, still incorruptible. In 1925 she was placed in a crystal coffin, in a chapel in the Church of St. Gildard at the covent of Nevers where she has been on view ever since, still incorruptible. You can read the reports of the doctors and see more photos here.   Article found here

Another report listed here:
Young Bernadette Soubirous was an illiterate and very poor peasant girl of 14 living in the little unknown town of Lourdes when the Blessed Virgin Mary (not confirmed) appeared to her 18 times in 1858. The humble visionary reported the messages from Heaven with consistent accuracy to government and Church officials. She lived her simple life in seclusion and away from notoriety at Lourdes for eight years following the apparitions. Bernadette entered religious life as a Sister of Charity at Nevers in 1866. It was during her remaining years at St. Gildard Convent that she lived her life of penance to holiness and sanctity dying in 1879. She remains incorrupt at the convent located about 500 miles northeast of Lourdes.

Submitted by:  Bobby V.

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Close-up - In glass coffin for over 130 years!

  Staff comments:
Over 130 years since her death, Bernadette Soubirous's body has remained fresh and incorrupt. She has also been pronounced a saint because of the life she led and the many miracles that have been associated to her since her death. She has also reportedly had 18 visits from a spirit believed to be the Virgin Mary at the age of 14. What actually fascinated us at Ghoststudy is the fact that her body and organs have remained intact for this long period of time since her death in 1879.  _Jim

I'm actually kind of surprised you'd have this in the gallery without *researching* a little further. I'm a believer in the paranormal, but only after any and all critical reasoning has been ruled out. Too bad. I wanted to believe it too.  Lee Ungeran   http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4126
Jim's comments: I heard about the wax mask but I heard it was to protect her face and not to repair it. I'm still confused.

Jim, I recently rediscovered ghoststudy, and I saw the picture of Saint Bernadette. I read the update and did some quick reading on it. Here is what I found on wiki.  
She has wax hand and face coverings, and she has decomposed some. Mummy-esque. 

Bishop Gauthey of Nevers and the Church exhumed the body of Bernadette Soubirous on September 22, 1909, in the presence of representatives appointed by the postulators of the cause, two doctors, and a sister of the community. They claimed that although the crucifix in her hand and the rosary had both oxidized, her body appeared "incorrupt" preserved from decomposition. This was cited as one of the miracles to support her canonization. They washed and reclothed her body before burial in a new double casket.
The Church exhumed the corpse a second time on April 3, 1919. A doctor who examined the body noted, "The body is practically mummified, covered with patches of mildew and quite a notable layer of salts, which appear to be calcium salts. ... The skin has disappeared in some places, but it is still present on most parts of the body."
In 1925, the church exhumed the body for a third time. They took
relics, which were sent to Rome. A precise imprint of the face was molded so that the firm of Pierre Imans in Paris could make a wax mask based on the imprints and on some genuine photos. This was common practice for relics in France, as it was feared that the blackish tinge to the face and the sunken eyes and nose would make an unpleasant impression on the public. Imprints of the hands were also taken for the presentation of the body and the making of wax casts. The remains were then placed in a gold and crystal reliquary in the Chapel of Saint Bernadette at the mother house in Nevers. The site is visited by many pilgrims and the body of Saint Bernadette is still shown despite being nearly 130 years old. Thanks,  Elizabeth Ritter
Thank you, Elizabeth

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