Padre Pio supporters accuse Vatican over exhumation

The Padre Pio association has accused the Vatican of "tampering with the dead" after the body of Italy's favourite saint was exhumed from its tomb.

The Telegraph UK reports the association has attacked the Vatican saying they dug up the saint's body in order to put it in a larger church that could more easily handle its annual seven million visitors.

However, the Vatican says the monk's corpse was taken from the church crypt on Sunday to conserve it "for generations of future worshippers" as it was under threat from humidity.

The association have rejected the Vatican's reponse and have launched a Court appeal which is set to start tomorrow.

It said putting the corpse on show and moving it to the new church would "offend the sentiments of many believers".

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Vatican 'tampered' with body of Padre Pio (Telegraph UK 04/03/08)