Pope John Paul II visited Šiluva on September 7th, 1993. The Holy Father prayed in the chapel of the Apparition, attended the Liturgy of the God’s Word in the Basilica of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In 2003, after the restoration, the miraculous painting of Virgin Mary and the Child was brought back to its place above the main altar in the basilica. In 2006, the painting was crowned with crowns blessed by the Pope Benedict XVI.
In 2003, during the festivities of Šilinės, celebrating ten years since the visit of the Holy Father, Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius SJ blessed John Paul II Pilgrim House. Today the house serves the spiritual needs of priests and other faithful people, houses retreats of various Lithuanian communities and personal retreats, seminars, houses pilgrims for the night.
In 2008, while celebrating 400 years of Mary’s Apparition, a monument to commemorate 15 years since the visit of Pope John Paul II was unveiled in the sacral square (author – professor of the Krakow Art Academy Czesław Dźwigaj). A street by the square was also named after Pope John Paul II.
In 2007, the Parish of Šiluva celebrated 550 years since the establishment.
On September 6th – 15th, 2008, while celebrating 400 years of Mary’s apparition, the messenger of Pope Benedict XVI Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner visited Šiluva.
During the 10 days of the Jubilee, up to 150 thousand people visited Šiluva from Lithuania and other countries in Europe, the Americas, Australia, some even came from Asia and Africa. Then the message of Šiluva was widely spread over the world: the news about the Apparition and Šiluva were broadcasted by popular news services. For the first time in the history of Šiluva, which remembers quarrels of confessions in the old days, ecumenical prayer service was held, which was attended by representatives of some of the Christian churches and communities.
While preparing for the Jubilee, with the care and initiative of Kaunas Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius SJ and support from communities of Kaunas Archdiocese, various sponsors and donors the idea from the 1930’s was carried out and the Basilica was connected with the chapel of the Apparition by creating a sacral space.
In the new square an exact bronze copy of Mary’s statue was built. Also, Pilgrim Information Centre was built, Museum of the History of Šiluva was established in it. On both sides of the square Stations of the Rosary were built. Little by little the basilica and the chapel are being restored.
By a decree of Kaunas Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius, on the last Fridays of the month Days of the Sick are organized in Šiluva.
On April 9, 2009, by a decree of Kaunas Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevičius, the community of Virgin Mary of Šiluva was established.
Since 2011, festivities of Šilinės are celebrated from September 7th (before they were celebrated from the 8th) and they finish on 15th, as usual. The first day of festivities is always dedicated to Pope John Paul II, who visited Šiluva on September 7th, 1993.
In 2013, a Pilgrims path with 14 Stations of the Cross was arranged and on August 25th it was blessed. It goes for about 2 km through the pinewood of Šiluva to the chapel of the Apparition.
In 2016, on the occasion of the special Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Door of Mercy were opened in the basilica of Šiluva.