Priestly condolences sans deity

I just watched a short video about the Japanese catastrophes on the site of  America, a Catholic magazine. The good priest described the events clearly, telling the story while images of the survivors appeared onscreen.  He ended with an encomium to the Japanese people for general decency.  What struck me is that he never mentioned God, neither the wrathful Jehovah of the tsunami nor the gentle Jesus of those extending a helping hand. It is as if the good priest feared to give a sermon.  Does he also go around saying "Happy Holiday" at Christmas time?