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The bones of a former Haitian slave under consideration for sainthood have been interred in St. Patrick's Cathedral, a spokesman for the New York Archdiocese said.

The coffin bearing the remains of Pierre Toussaint were brought to St. Patrick's Tuesday where it was blessed with holy water by Cardinal John J. O'Connor and buried in the cathedral crypt, said spokesman Joseph Zwilling.

"We're not trying to develop a cult around him," said Zwilling. "We brought him to the . . . cathedral to make it more accessible to people who wanted to come pray at the place where his remains are."

Toussaint's remains were discovered at a small cemetery in early November.

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