You know, I'm all for religious freedom. Hell, feel free to bugger a stuffed sheep carcass and call it religion for all I care. Declare yourself a Pink Pola Dotted Krishnaologist and bottle your farts as Holy Relics. However, is it really necessary to dig up dead "saints" and put them on display? This is a corpse people and I'd strongly recommend burying it. Even my dog will bury an old squirrel corpse after rolling in it a few times.
"ROME (Reuters) - The body of the mystic monk Padre Pio, one of the Roman Catholic world's most revered saints who died 40 years ago, has been exhumed to be prepared for display to his many devotees. (Wonder what the health organizations have to say about this?)
The body of the Capuchin friar, who was said to have had the stigmata -- the wounds of Christ's crucifixion -- on his hands and feet -- is to be conserved and put in a part-glass coffin for at least several months from April 24. (Several months? What are you thinking? Aren't old pictures doing the job? Can you imagine if they actually had Jesus's corpse? We'd all have finger bone of Jesus key rings... hang on now, that's not a bad idea.)
A Church statement said the body was in "fair condition", particularly the hands, which Archbishop Domenico D'Ambrosio, who witnessed the exhumation in the southern Italian town where Pio died, said "looked like they had just undergone a manicure". (He's been dead for 40 years you lunatics).
A spokesman for the monastery at San Giovanni Rotondo said he believed morticians would be able to conserve the face of the bearded monk well enough for it to be recognizable.
The body, which had been buried under marble in a crypt, was exhumed during a three-hour service that ended after midnight. (They should have had him stuffed)
A Catholic magazine once found that far more Italian Catholics prayed to Padre Pio than to any other icon of the faith, including the Virgin Mary or Jesus. (What? Are you kidding me? Obviously they've been drinking to much of the sacremental wine.)
Some 7 million people visit his tomb every year. There are some 3,000 "Padre Pio Prayer Groups" around the world, with a membership of around 3 million.
The friar, born Francesco Forgione, died in 1968 aged 81.