Making final preparations for the world Synod of Bishops on new evangelization, a committee of cardinals and bishops discussed how difficult it is today to transmit the faith to others.
"There was talk about the 'current fruitlessness of evangelization,' because of the presence of certain influences from modern culture that make the transmission of the faith particularly difficult," said a Vatican press release issued Feb. 27.
The synod will be held at the Vatican Oct. 7-28.
In a discussion about challenges to faith and to handing on the faith, the council members focused particularly on the role of the family, the statement said.
Within the family, it said, young people "learn both the content and the practice of the Christian faith."