.- In the most discrete manner
possible, the body of St. Padre Pio was exhumed at 12:30 a.m. Monday
morning by a group of medical experts, while Church representatives
Padre Pio was
buried September 27, 1968 at the San Giovanni Rotondo shrine, just four
days after he died.
"The body is
well preserved" said Bishop Domenico D'Ambrosio of San Giovanni
Rotondo-Manfredonia-Vieste, who observed the removal of the saint’s
“From the very
beginning (of the exhumation) you could clearly see his beard. The upper
part of his skull is visible, but his chin is perfect and the rest of the
body is well preserved. You can clearly see his knees, his hands, his
mittens and his fingernails,” Bishop D’Ambrosio recalled.
bishop commented on the state of Padre Pio’s body by saying, "If Fr. Pio
allows me to say, it is as if he was manicured.”
The Bishop also
said that besides the upper skull, which shows some signs of the process
of mummification, the rest of his remains are in surprisingly good
condition, including his joints -which are all attached, and his feet.
confirmed that neither his feet nor hands showed any trace of the
stigmata, since "as we know, they disappeared at the moment of his death."