Padre Pio was a popular saint in Italy who had the stigmata–the bleeding wounds of Christ on his body. He died forty-years ago. To celebrate the anniversary of his death, the infallible Roman Catholic Church decided to dig up his body so the faithful could pray to him.
Apparently being under dirt takes away some of your prayer answering power or something. They also wanted to see how Pio’s body was doing. The stigmata was gone but otherwise, he’s looking good, not a day over 40-years dead.
Praying to saints is one of the doctrines of the Catholic Church that Protestants have a big problem with. There is one mediator between God and man–Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5). All believers in Christ are God’s royal priesthood and saints, so one saint’s prayers don’t have more pull than another saint’s prayers–God is no respecter of persons.
But, as with most Catholic doctrine, it undermines the supremacy of Christ. If I need a saint’s intercession it means Christ’s isn’t good enough (Hebrews 7:22-25). I have a problem with that, as does God.