While attempting to avoid insulting Islam or its adherents, Pope Francis is dangerously refusing to label Islamic terrorism, and by doing so is refraining from directly addressing the mounting global threat.

In his first visit to Auschwitz in his capacity as leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis prayed and met with survivors during a five-day trip to Poland that included meetings with young Catholic pilgrims gathering in Krakow for World Youth Day, a global celebration of faith.

On a trip to Eastern Europe, Pope Francis warned that the world is now at war. His pilgrimage will bring him on Friday to Auschwitz and Birkenau.

The chief rabbi of Rome said that the papal visit is aimed at showing five decades of improving Christian-Jewish relations and interfaith harmony, at a time of global Islamic extremist violence. But he also said some recent Vatican developments "cannot be so appreciated by the Jewish community."

Islamic State terrorists reportedly blew up a church in northeastern Syria on Easter Sunday – the latest in a series of attacks by ISIS on Christian targets.

In unholy remarks, the Pope appeared to offer rationale to the Charlie Hebdo massacre, citing religious sensitivities as the reason.

Pope Francis, on his recent, short visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, destroyed any progress achieved in building trust between the Jewish and Catholic worlds.