A grassroots initiative becomes the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church

A rather embarrassing incident in 2005 became the birth of YOUCAT. At the presentation of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Vienna, by Cardinal Schönborn, a disillusioned journalist piped up:

This statement triggered a presumably unique event in the church. The grassroots initiative YOUCAT, thanks to the patronage of Cardinal Schönborn, became the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church! YOUCAT was published this year in 22 languages in 50 countries and 700.000 copies will be in the backpacks of the World Youth Day pilgrims in Madrid.