Where the Lilies Grow... Answer:
I believe there are over 250 incorrupt bodies currently. Perhaps there are some undiscovered ones as well ;) An incorrupt body, especially one that is hundreds of years old, is a body that is not decaying. Some bodies of Saints continually bleed for hundreds of years, some have a scent coming from the body that sweet.
Some claim that these bodies are wax figures. The Catholic Church is honest about everything that was done to the bodies before or after the bodies were exhumed. Some bodies may have been embalmed, some have a thin coating of wax, some have even been sprayed with lime, most have had nothing done. When the church states that a body is incorrupt, it is because the scientific investigation has found no cause or explanation for the lack of decay on the body, the lack of stiffness, or other strange and miraculous attributes.
There is no form of mummification, embalming, wax coating that can stop the decay of a body especially for hundreds or over a thousand years, cause sweet odor, and mailable/flexible limbs. Many of these bodies are over a thousand years old. Exhuming a body is part of the process of beatification.
Yes we do place these bodies of Saints on display. These are considered relics. God is still able to work through these Holy people, even after their death, relics have been known to cause healings or other miracles. Here is an example from scripture:
2 Kings 13:21 “Elisha died and was buried. At the time, bands of Moabites used to raid the land each year. Once some people were burying a man, when suddenly they spied such a raiding band. So they cast the dead man into the grave of Elisha and everyone went off. But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet.”
Acts 19:11-12 “God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.”
Even after death, the lives of the Saints continue to point to God.
You can find out more about it here. http://www.marypages.com/IncorruptBodies.htm