By John Solomon
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Fifty years ago Thursday, the fourth child from a family of Italian sharecroppers convened a epochal meeting of Roman Catholic Church leaders designed to "open the windows" of the nearly 2,000-year-old institution and let some of the modern world's "fresh air" inside.
"The years pass," Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said in a statement released Tuesday on the Vatican Information Service in Rome, "but the power of Vatican II remains, with all its cargo of hope that the entire world may come to know the Gospel of Christ.