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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."

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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 maskā€”and running one of the largest orphanages in the country.