WASHINGTON — Pope Francis is sometimes referred to as “The People’s Pope.” He’s also the first ever Jesuit pope.

“As a member of religious order he’s used to being a bit of an outsider from the rest of the church,” Father Greg Konz of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S. says.

Father Konz says Jesuits tend to live among and work with the rest of society.

“Part of our charism is fitting in and a real belief that the only way you can help the poor is to understand the poor… And the only way you can understand the poor is to be with them,” Father Konz says.

And so it would make sense that you would hear so many stories about Pope Francis walking the streets and using mass transit the way anybody else does.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.