(RNS1-DEC17) The Rev. Bob Edgar (center) of the National Council of Churches participates in a Feb. 26, 2003, anti-war rally with the Rev. Jean Arnold de Clermont (left), head of the French Protestant churches, and Bishop Manfred Kock (right) of the German Protestant Church. Many religious leaders, including Pope John Paul II, spoke out strongly against the looming U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that began in March. See RNS-YEAREND-REVIEW, transmitted Dec. 17, 2003. RNS file photo by Mark Abraham.