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Plans to exhume Padre Pio - one of Italy's most popular saints - on the 40th anniversary of his death have been attacked by relatives and followers.
Church authorities say they want to display the body for veneration by the faithful for several months from April.
But Pio's relatives have threatened to take their local bishop to court if the corpse is removed from the church crypt in San Giovanni Rotondo in south Italy.
The Franciscan monk was canonised by the late Pope John Paul II in 2002.
Saint Padre Pio was credited with thousands of miraculous cures during his lifetime, and 40 years after his death he is still venerated as a miracle-worker.