This feature has been labeled as deprecated
. The recommended replacement is: place_of_worship=*
The reason is documented in Deprecated features
. You are still free to continue to use or interpret this tag as you see fit since OpenStreetMap does not have “banned features”.
Under no circumstances should you (semi-)automatically change “deprecated” tags to something else in the database on a large scale without conforming to the automated edits code of conduct
. Any such change will be reverted.
This tag is sometimes used to document the type of a amenity=place_of_worship.
A better-used alternative is place_of_worship=*.
For example: place_of_worship=lourdes_grotto for a Lourdes Grotto.