The catechism was launched at World Youth Day in Madrid. Ignatius Press published the English-language version.
Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio, editor of Ignatius, referred to YOUCAT's unique role: "Like its big brother, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, YOUCAT isn’t a one-time publication. It’s a point of reference for young people around the world and a cornerstone of the New Evangelization.”
YOUCAT adapts the content of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to a format intended to engage young people and young adults.
The format includes questions and answers, highly-readable commentary, margin photos and illustrations, summary definitions of key terms, Bible citations and quotes from the saints and other teachers.