The Vatican is not protected by a wall, as M.R. Franks stated in a recent letter.

Anyone can enter at any time. The building facing St. Peter’s Square is open to the public daily.

The ancient blocks-long wall around the back can be scaled with a ladder.

Pope Francis is not hypocritical, as you state in your headline. He is right: Christians build bridges, not walls.

Augustin Hecker

retired clergy

New Orleans