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Fixed Stars, Diasporic Times: Paradiso 22–27

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In this chapter, there is discussion of the heaven of the Fixed Stars, which are given over to a sight of the Church Militant, who adorn a triumph of Christ, and who have Mary at their head. Dante is examined on Faith, Hope, and Love, by Peter, James, and John, the apostles of Christ, and he sees Adam. Peter issues a judgment against Rome, defaced by the presence of the contemporary Papacy, and canto 27, the last to be discussed, and the one which takes Dante into the last of the heavens, the Primum Mobile, pronounces several prophecies which imply that a new setting in order awaits the earth. The chapter attempts to read these events in a way which draws out a continuing significance.

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