Shot of the Day: Meet an Unusual and Inspiring Mexican Priest
"He helps everybody so much. The truth is, he's reached out his hand to us, and for that reason, everybody loves him."
Padre Fray Tormenta, 70, is the local priest in Parroquia San Pedro, a medium-sized town in the Mexican state of Texcoco, and also a recovering addict. He grew up in the slums of Mexico and joined a gang when he was nine years old: “at first you smoked [marijuana] to see what it felt like, then pills here and there, then cocaine, and from there all of it…” Now he’s a larger-than-life priest known for wearing a custom red and yellow lucha libre Mexican wrestling mask—and running one of the largest orphanages in the country.