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Survey: Religious more charitable

A Canadian survey shows that those who attend religious services weekly are almost three times as likely to give to the poor overseas as those who never attend.

The survey found those who attend religious services either weekly or monthly make up only one-third of all Canadians but account for 52 percent of those who contribute to overseas relief.

The survey also showed that half of regular churchgoers do volunteer work, compared with one-third of those who never attend services, and 39 percent of those who occasionally attend.

"If you took all the Christians out of society, you would see some major differences," said Andrew Grenville, vice president of the Angus Reid Inc. polling firm.

Australia euthanasia law upheld

An Australian provincial court, in a 2-1 decision, has upheld one of the world's first voluntary euthanasia laws, overriding the objections of religious and aboriginal groups.

Dr. Philip Nitschke, a supporter of the law passed earlier this year by the parliament of Australia's Northern Territory, said he hoped the ruling would clear the way for terminally ill patients to end their lives.

Opponents of the law said they would immediately appeal to Australia's High Court, the country's top judicial body.

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